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'Boycott,' 'Rosa Parks' and more civil rights movies

From left, Cicely Tyson and Angela Bassett listen

From left, Cicely Tyson and Angela Bassett listen during a news conference prior to the premiere of the made-for-TV movie, "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story," in Detroit. Credit: AP, 2002

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.")

For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) -- A PBS drama about the murdered Mississippi civil rights activist. He was played by Howard Rollins Jr. Irene Cara played his wife, Myrlie.

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.

The Rosa Parks Story (2002) -- Angela Bassett starred as the African-American woman who was jailed after she refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus to a white passenger.

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