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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Live Updates: U.S. Celebrates Legacy As Civil Rights Leaders Take Aim at Voter Reforms

Newsweek logo Newsweek 1/17/2022 Ewan Quayle
Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967 © Getty Images Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967
  • Civil rights leaders take aim at controversial voting reforms
  • Fund to preserve historic Black churches gets $20 million donation
  • Political leaders in Georgia to attend special service at MLK's old congregation
  • Several states cancel MLK Day parades amid Omicron COVID surge but others go ahead with on-site virus testing

A series of films and documentaries - old and new - are airing on America's biggest TV channels today as part of MLK Day.

The 2018 documentary Rise Up: The Movement That Changed America, which takes a look at the key battles in the civil rights movement, will air on the History Channel at 3pm (ET), while the American Revolution 2 documentary from 1969, which explores police violence at the Democratic convention in Chicago the previous year, will air on TCM at 8pm (ET).


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A documentary on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and footage rediscovered decades later - MLK: The Assassination Tapes - will air on the Smithsonian Channel at 8pm (ET).

Box office hit BlacKKKLansman, co-produced by Spike Lee and based on the true story of an African American police officer who infiltrates his local Ku Klux Klan branch, will air on FX at 5pm (ET).

The U.S. is set to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day national holiday with parades, speeches, and services - including a special event at the civil rights leader's old congregations.

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