The first episode of the new season, “Graduation,” will simulcast on ABC Feb. 1 at 9/8c.
In a first for the franchise, the new season of the Emmy® Award-winning anthology series will focus on two iconic geniuses: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and Malcolm X (Aaron Pierre). “GENIUS: MLK/X” will explore the formative years, where they were molded by strong fathers and traumatic injustices, to their rich, parallel stories as they shaped their identities and became the change they wished to see in the world. The docudrama series offers an intimate look into their complex lives as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, taking them off the iconic T-shirts to show their humanity. With their formidable wives, Coretta Scott King(Weruche Opia) and Betty Shabazz (Jayme Lawson), leading by their sides, King and X are two visionaries who ultimately rose to pioneer a movement.
“Graduation” premieres Feb. 1 at 9/8c
Young Martin and Young Malcolm are groomed to embrace racial pride and develop their purpose.
“Who We Are” premieres Feb. 1 at 10/9c
Martin and Malcolm each work to shape their identities and become the change they wish to see in the world.
“Protect Us” premieres Feb. 8 at 9/8c
As their families blossom, both Martin and Malcolm ascend into powerful positions.
“Watch The Throne” premieres Feb. 8 at 10/9c
Martin and Malcolm each face struggles and challenges in their leadership roles.
“Matriarchs” premieres Feb. 15 at 9/8c
The pressures and expectations of public and private life take a toll on Coretta and Betty.
“The American Promise” premieres Feb. 15 at 10/9c
The March on Washington and the Kennedy Assassination have lasting effects for both men.
“The Sword and The Shield” premieres Feb. 22 at 9/8c
The two leaders meet briefly in DC while supporting the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
“Can You Imagine” premieres Feb. 22 at 10/9c
The two leaders are assassinated, but their legacies continue to inspire.
Premieres Feb. 12 at 9/8c on Nat Geo
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