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.
“I have decided to stick to love… Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Happy Birthday to one of the greatest inspirations this world has seen. #MLK pic.twitter.com/1k2n5filJD
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) January 15, 2018
We all get to dream because of YOU. And don’t worry #MLK, your dreams came true and will continue to come true. We will get through this and the strength of your legacy will make sure of it!
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) January 15, 2018
“The time is always right to do what is right.” –#MLK
— Scott Conant (@conantnyc) January 15, 2018
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 15, 2018
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 15, 2018
"What he wanted to accomplish was that everybody can feel confident about who they are and what they can accomplish…I have an appreciation for Dr. King."
— NBA (@NBA) January 12, 2018
#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
— Jaclyn Smith (@realjaclynsmith) January 15, 2018
— Ziggy Marley (@ziggymarley) January 15, 2018
Here, here Martin Luther King Jr.!! 🙏🏼 and to all that you’ve taught us and all that you fought for. Not to mention being one of the most eloquent people of our time. May we carry your torch always as we honor you today. ♥️ #mlk #equality #humanity #… https://t.co/Dro7jmmO8e pic.twitter.com/b2QZkEDtiA
— Carla Gugino (@carlagugino) January 15, 2018
Happy #MLKDAY2018. Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr’s fearless fight for equality, and remember how important it is to dream!! Remember that your voice is powerful. Remember that you can make a difference. Spread love today, and every day. ❤️ #ThankYouMLK50 pic.twitter.com/rT6fvJ4twT
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) January 15, 2018
— Drew Scott (@MrDrewScott) January 15, 2018
Love overpowers the hate. Grateful for bold men like MLK that boldly change the World in the name of LOVE. #MLKday
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) January 15, 2018
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.