Every third January marks the celebration of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. A man who worked to inspire change through poignant speeches, social activism, and peaceful protests. In honor of his special day, we’ve included a round-up of documentaries and specials that honor his memory, celebrate the movement, and continue the legacy of his life’s work. Here’s what’s coming up on Philo this MLK Day:
Celebrate the soundtrack of Black America with the 2022 Urban One Honors hosted by Ne-Yo. This year’s incredible list of honorees includes Timbaland, Jennifer Hudson, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and more. Watch this show-stopping event on Monday, January 17th at 8 ET/7c on TVOne.
Join host Yara Shahidi for a fireside chat with a former favorite first lady. Michelle Obama will be discussing how to navigate young adulthood, mental health, diversity, and inclusion with 22 college students from around the country. Watch Becoming: Michelle Obama in Conversation at 7pm ET on BET.
The HISTORY Channel is airing a slate of documentaries about historical movements throughout our nation’s history with legendary figures of the Civil Rights Movement. First up is Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage at 1pm ET. Robin Roberts explores the legacy of African American WWII and their remarkable impact on ending segregation in the military.
Then stick around for Fight the Power: Movements That Changed America, at 2pm ET, hosted by Kareem Abdul Jabar. This documentary gives an uncompromising perspective on how civil disobedience has sparked change throughout history—from the early labor movement and the Civil Rights Movement to today’s Black Lives Matter protests.
Lastly, watch the Rise Up: The Movement That Changed American special at 3pm ET. This one-hour documentary examines the key Civil Rights battles that transpired after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and what it took to turn protest into legislative action.
No time to catch up on all of these shows on Monday? No problem! You can save them all to your unlimited DVR and watch them on your schedule.
Photo courtesy of The HISTORY Channel.