The Return Of The King–Martin Luther King

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Click Here to View “Boondock’s The Return Of The King” Adult Language and Racial Slurs Abound

TheBoondocksTVseries-727301Back in 2006, on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 77th birthday; Cartoon Network aired an episode of their acclaimed animated series, The Boondocks of the comic strip of the same name. In the episode, an alternative history is told of the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr. The episode’s name was taken from the The Lord of the Rings volume The Return of the King. It won a Peabody Award.

The episode was controversial and funny and told the story of MLK alive in the 21st Century shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. Series creator, Aaron McGruder displays his comic genius and never-ending talent for commenting on popular culture and our sensitivities to race relations and politics in the classic episode.

20060120054909-21Boondocks_s1e9-700165As a long-time viewer of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, I consider this one of the best episodes of the series(and there are many favorites of mine) and thought it both appropriate and down-right funny to reference today on Martin Luther King Day.

Take 20 minutes and watch it, laugh and think.

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