7 Actors Who Played Martin Luther King, Jr. On Screen

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“Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service.” – Coretta Scott King

Actors often get to step into the shoes history’s most powerful and prolific figures, and in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we’re looking back at some of those stars who’ve gotten to the chance to play the activist on-screen.

Here are seven of the men who’ve taken on the role of the inspiring Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

James Earl Jones, “Freedom to Speak”

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Robert Guillaume,”Prince Jack”

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David Oyelowo, “Selma”

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Jeffrey Wright, “Boycott”

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Nelsan Ellis, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

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Levar Burton, “Ali”

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Malik Yoba, “Betty & Coretta”

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