Civil rights icon Xernona Clayton celebrated in Bounce TV Doc

“Xernona Clayton is someone our family loves and respects,” says Martin Luther King III in trailer for new Bounce TV documentary Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White.

The film airs June 19 and celebrates the life and activism of civil rights pioneer Xernona Clayton.

Often overlooked for her efforts to achieve equality for African Americans, Clayton was an assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She worked to desegregate hospitals in the South and became the first black woman in the South to host her own television show.

The Muskogee, Oklahoma native also founded The Trumpet Awards, which were acquired by Bounce in 2016.

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The documentary about his life includes insights from Ambassador Andrew Young, Senator Raphael Warnock, NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and actor and rapper Tip “TI” Harris, plus an interview with Clayton herself.

“I wish Dr. King’s wish could come true, that we could live together, that we could love each other and completely forget about race,” Clayton, 92, says in the trailer.

The film is produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Saslow and her Mishpookah Entertainment Group. David Hudson is executive producer

Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White premieres Monday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Bounce TV.

Watch the trailer below:

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