Artists and Musicians Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today, on January 17, we celebrate the work and legacy of the great speaker, organizer, activist, and leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

The world would be a different – and worse – place were it not for his tireless efforts to achieve equality and education in the American political and social spheres.

But more than anything we can say, we like to highlight what others have to say about the legendary American insight. So, without further ado, here’s what some notable artists and musicians have to say about Dr. King.

Raspberry Moy:

“happy birth day # Dora_Martin

“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun, be a star. Because you don’t win or fail by size. Be the absolute best.”


“Dr. King made us tolerant in a time of terror. He kept us faithful to peace and society. He made us believe in joy and justice. He showed us the way to a common humanity.” — Bono

Big Fredia:

“I remember Dr. King, thank you for everything you’ve done!! Your birthday!! We love you ❤️”


Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate can’t drive out hate, only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, we share Michael’s reading of selections from Dr. King’s 1963 collection The Power of Love (video included in this year’s REM Fan Club holiday package 2002).#GoodMorning

Valerie June:

Listen to this podcast feature in honor of MLK Day and the peaceful world it represents. Tweet embed…/30-the…/id1488561039…

cat energy:

“From: • @sade1111 We @ crossroads, now more than ever we must be inclined to love. Thank you, Dr. King, for teaching us all about love at work 💜✊🏾
・ ・ ・ Happy 93rd Heavenly Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” #martinlutherkingjr #themeasureofaman #ihaveadream #mlkday #Repostnatblacktheatre”

Michael Jackson (account):

In 1983, an attempt to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led to the creation of a national holiday in the United States that we celebrate today. In March 1983, Michael Jackson battled MTV to debut “Billie Jean”, becoming the first black artist in regular rotation on the network. “

Stella Barton:

“On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, if you were an American who grew up in the 1960s and weren’t angry about the voting rights issue, you must have lost your memory or are quite a racist. I am so angry and disappointed!”

Killer Mike:

“Amen. Damn the law if the law is unfair. Happy MLK day. Don’t fold. Stay out of the law.”


“Elmo learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at school, and made a peace tree with Elmo’s friends for her #your angel. Elmo loves to dream just like Dr. King. Elmo hopes that Elmo’s dreams will make him proud.”

Pearl Jam:

“On this #MLKDay, we will not accept empty promises in pursuit of Dr. King’s dream. MLK Day is a day of service: Congress must serve our country through action.
We serve our communities by showing up for the right to vote. Join us at the link in the bio.

DJ Kevin Cole:

“Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this evening KEXP With a special mix of DJ Tweet embedAnd Tweet embedAnd Tweet embedBrett and Alex Tweet embed! Expansions #MLK. Unity party! #KEXP #your angel

Tim McGraw:

“Words to live with….#MLKday”


“The second day we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the first of the most extraordinary Americans in our history. How could we have failed this great man, and his dream!? How is it, our country is still divided by hate and racism!? Some whites, terrified of the future of Mixed, that’s welcome.”

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