Monday marks the 35th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday that remembers a man who made great strides for the civil rights movement and African Americans in the U.S.
Here are 7 works to watch on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Selma - 2014
The Oscar-nominated drama directed by Ava DuVernay emphasized Dr. King’s bold leadership during the historic march from Selma to Montgomery despite violent opposition.
Watch it on Hulu now.
Mississippi Burning - 1988
The film, loosely based on the devastating real-life investigation into the murders of civil rights activists in a small Mississippi town in the 1960s, underscores widespread racism from townspeople, local officials, and even police.
Watch it on Hulu now.
Freedom On My Mind - 1994
Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford’s powerful feature documentary provides an in-depth look into the turbulent time between 1961 and 1964 as a generation fought for democracy during the Mississippi voter registration struggles from 1991 to 1964.
Watch it on Vimeo.
The Butler - 2013
Cecil Gaines gets a front-row seat to history and the inner-workings of the Oval Office when he’s hired as a butler at the White House. However, it contributes to tension at home as his son becomes active in the Civil Rights Movement. The film is based on a true story and features a star-studded cast including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and David Oyelowo.
Watch it on Netflix.
The Long Walk Home - 1990
Whoopi Goldberg stars as Odessa Carter, a nanny and maid of a well-off white family who chooses to walk miles to and from work to support the Montgomery bus boycott. Her employer, Miria, (played by Sissy Spacek) offers to drive her a few times a week, which allows her gain an understanding of the struggles of African Americans whom she eventually offers rides.
Watch it on Pluto TV.
To Kill a Mockingbird - 1962
The film adaptation of Harper Lee’s bestselling novel is set in Alabama during the Great Depression and predates the Civil Rights movement by a few years. It highlights the impact and power of racism and stereotyping as a white woman fabricates rape charges against a black man she is caught kissing. Martin Luther King. Jr. referenced the book on numerous occasions during his fight for freedom and civil rights.
Watch it on Youtube.