Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 is here and, well, it’s a strange time to be celebrating it. Earlier this weekend, The Axis of Peevil sent some serious hate at John Lewis, a known Civil Rights veteran. And in a cowardly move the week prior, our elected officials on the Hill voted to begin the ruthless gutting of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the night.
Strange times indeed.
Of course, in the midst of all this, it definitely feels hard to even muster the strength to dig into a grand idea of hope, let alone radical and compassionate activism. Despite this, great folks across the country are. And, in honor of them, MLK and the events that made him who he was, here are some films that you can peep in observance of the holiday.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Set during the summer of 1963, this film follows one family’s trip from Detroit to Birmingham. Based on a book of the same name, it’s equally feel good and sobering by the end of its runtime. +10 points for Wood Harris being hokey as all get out.
The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
Compiled from almost lost footage of Swedish filmmakers, this documentary follows the rise and momentum of the Black Power Movement. While it starts just a year before MLK’s assassination, it provides a powerful contextual look at MLK’s influence and impact on subsequent movements.
A part of a larger series covering each decade in US History, this installment focuses on the turbulent and constantly shifting landscapes of America during the 1960’s. May you glean some insight from it in preparation for the years to come.
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