Stars Take to Social Media to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law earmarking the third Monday of January as MLK Day, a national holiday, and the country observed the first official Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1986.

This year, the holiday actually falls on what would have been the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday.

Many celebrities are taking to social media to honor the late civil rights icon, posting inspirational photos and some of King’s most powerful quotes.


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#MLKday Read this aloud, in public, three times, as a cleansing ritual. And begin again… "First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection." — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter From a Birmingham Jail, 1963. #NoJusticeNoPeace #RealFoodNotFlowers #MLK

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For more information on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., check out The King Center, founded by his wife and fellow activist, Coretta Scott King and run by his daughter Bernice King.