'Boycott,' 'Rosa Parks' and more civil rights movies
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Let's mark Martin Luther King Day with a look at five TV movies that dramatized the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. (King, of course, has been a character in numerous TV movies, and was played memorably by Paul Winfield in the 1978 miniseries "King.")
Murder in Mississippi (1990) -- Dramatized the last weeks, disappearance and subsequent murders of three civil rights workers in 1964 Mississippi. The movie starred Tom Hulce as Michael Schwerner, Josh Charles as Andrew Goodman and Blair Underwood as James Chaney.
Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994) -- James Earl Jones played the title character, who was King's predecessor as pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., and is regarded as one of the fathers of the U.S. civil rights movement.
Boycott (2001) -- The story of the 381-day Montgomery bus boycott that began after Rosa Parks' act of defiance. Jeffrey Wright starred as King and Terrence Howard played his chief aide, Ralph Abernathy.