Year by year on every January 16th, Americans are standing up and delivering on their pledge to unite for civil rights. The late great Martin Luther King Jr., who was tragically killed by a gunshot, managed to deliver lessons and significant contributions that gave the whole nation every single reason to fight for a change. Every MLK Day, expect the progressives to march, voice out and campaign their advocacy through active and peaceful activism and powerful oration that promotes equality and freedom.

        Looking to learn more about the advocacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Day? You may consider our list for some top-rated movies that narrates about it.

1. Selma (2014)

        Selma is a powerful historical drama movie that talks about the struggle of MLK to campaign for the voting rights of mainly the black people in Selma, Alabama that triggered a series of marches and protests back in 1965. 

        MLK's story of fight for justice in the said movie was mainly colored by peaceful activism, life threats and wonderful connection of people for a cause across all walks of life.

Image courtesy: Paramount Pictures/Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs 

2. Malcolm X (1962)

Malcolm X | Image courtesy: Parent Previews

        One of the masterpieces of movie geek Spike Lee, Malcolm X tells the important life story of Malcolm X, a remarkable figure of the civil rights movement like Luther King Jr.

        Starring Denzel Washington, Malcolm X was critically acclaimed for its significant portrayal and narration of a historic man in the U.S. The film mainly depicts X's criminal career, his incarceration, his conversion to Islam, his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his later falling out with the organization, his marriage to Betty X, his pilgrimage to Mecca and reevaluation of his views concerning whites, and his fatal assassination in 1965.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

     Hailed as one of the most significant movies in the 20th century, the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird was based on Harper Lee's 1960 award-winning novel of the same name.

        To Kill a Mockingbird, upon its release, was a box office hit – garnering praise from critics and viewers while compiling numerous accolades. It narrates a story of a black man named Tom Robinson being defended by Atty. Atticus Finch from accusations of raping a white girl – having such tragic storyline.

To Kill a Mockingbird | Image courtesy: Getty Images/IMDb

4. Mississippi Burning (1988)

        Mississippi Burning is a 1988 crime thriller film that was based on the 1964 murder investigation of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. The storyline of the movie was truly enticing enough to make you be convinced to take a look at.

Mississippi Burning | Image courtesy: Roger Ebert

        The film stars Gene Hackman, Francis McDormand and Willem Dafoe, two agents who were sent by the FBI to conduct an investigation on the murder. Their arrival wasn't very much anticipated and gained a poor reception from the locals and their police authority – in which the study was heavily focused on the Ku Klux Klan.

5. Betty & Coretta (2013)

        Starring award-winning artist and actress Mary J. Blige together with Angela Bassett, the said 2013 movie narrates the life of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Betty & Coretta | Image courtesy: Common Sense Media

        The two brave women – widow of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, respectively – have forged a solid friendship following the deaths of their husband. Fortified by their husband's vocal fight for civil rights, justice and equality, they stood up boldly and became notable role models of their own.



Written by Andrei de Guzman

Andrei de Guzman is a digital marketing intern for the Winter Season of PS Media Enterprise. He is currently a fourth-year Communication Research student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa

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