Civil Rights Pioneer Xernona Clayton Celebrated by T.I., Raphael Warnock, Martin Luther King III in Bounce TV Doc

Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black and White (Credit: Bounce TV)

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

The film airs on Juneteenth 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 aide 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 TV show.

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

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The documentary on her life includes insights from Ambassador Andrew Young, Sen. Raphael Warnock, NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, and actor and rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris, along with an interview with Clayton herself.

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

The film is produced and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Nancy Saslow and her Mishpookah Entertainment Group. David Hudson serves as 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: