Highlights Genius: MLK/X Exhibit at Paley Center for Black History Month

By 2/21/2024 02:34:00 PM

In time for Black History Month, The Paley Center for Media new exhibit highlights National Geographic’s series Genius: MLK/X—Two Minds, One Movement from February 1 through March 3, 2024.

Note: I received media tickets for review purposes. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

I was invited to see the exhibit and decided to take along my teen son and his friend. While I've grown up learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, sadly these teen boys don't know as much as they should.

So visiting the exhibit helped both start a conversation about the "real" men the show is based on and how that history is still relevant for the black community today and in the future.

The boys were amazed by all the "history" they learned from the authentic costumes, props, and set pieces from the series, along with screening an episode of Genius: MLK/X.


Get up close with posters, signs, newspapers, and personal items that marked the paths of these influential leaders. Watch video clips and historical archival footage to gain a deeper understanding of their contributions.


The exhibit will feature original costumes from the series, including iconic, period-accurate zoot suits, a Fruit of Islam uniform, watches, and hats.


Step into Paley's theater and immerse yourself in a curated selection of documentaries and interviews celebrating the incredible lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as well as the premiere episode of Genius: MLK/X.

This Black History Month Experience Presented by Citi is based on the Emmy Award-winning anthology series on National Geographic and streaming on Disney+ and Hulu.

Besides the exhibit, Paley Center also has another area with black history trivia and activities.


Family events and arts & crafts activities that aim to educate and inspire, or test your knowledge with interactive trivia game.

Browse through carefully selected MLK and Malcolm X books for both kids and adults in our library and explore curated shows related to the Civil Rights movement.

After all the educational lessons, the teens were rewarded with some gaming time at the PaleyGX Gaming Studio. I confess I also enjoyed some gaming time in the Virtual Reality (VR) lab, while the boys gamed together.

While we only visited these two activities, there's lots for families to do and see at The Paley Center Museum.

Learn more, visit - www.paleycenter.org

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