Stevie Wonder, Barack Obama, Russell Wilson, and More Stars Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
By Rachel McRady
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Monday marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, just three days after what would have been the late activist and humanitarian's 91st birthday. Following a year that's included a racial reckoning in America and around the world and a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, celebrities decided to honor the late Dr. King's inspiring legacy by posting messages to social media.
Some stars like Russell Wilson, Michael Strahan and more shared quotes from the noted speaker, while others were inspired to act based on his teachings.
Stevie Wonder shared a powerful, musical message to Dr. King, whom he met when he was just 14 years old, and former President Barack Obama shared a message of vigilance and community service in honor of the late leader
T.I., Alicia Keys and many other Black stars shared a moving video featuring 17 ways you can be killed if you are Black in America, sharing messages like "jogging," "sitting in a wheelchair" and "sleeping in your bed," while naming the Black victims who suffered such fates.
After sharing the video, T.I. wrote, "In honor of #MLKDay, I join @breatherev and @bma_coalition in the call for @joebiden & @kamalaharris to commit to a Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Commission in their first 100 days. Join the movement #breathewithme #BMAC #17moreways #USTRHT https://breathewithmerevolution.org."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words remind us that darkness cannot drive out darkness and hate cannot drive out hate — only light and love can. As we seek to overcome this season of darkness in America, let us choose love and light and begin to heal — together. #MLKDay
Today, we remember the legacy and admirable work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Many years later, these words are spot on. The time is always right to do what is right. Thank you, Dr. King. #MLKDaypic.twitter.com/jHqHLNL8So
If anyone had a right to question whether our democracy was worth redeeming, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because in the face of billy clubs and lynchings, poll taxes and literacy tests, he never gave in to violence, never waved a traitorous flag or gave up on our country. pic.twitter.com/TCmbuiXkUa
On #MLKDay we celebrate Dr. King, who dedicated his life to the fight for freedom, fairness and equality. And we honor his legacy by relentlessly continuing the battle against injustice here in New York. pic.twitter.com/XxusNpTs9L
#MLKDay "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/LnYeLks40f