In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, music’s biggest stars took to social media to pay tribute to the civil rights icon, sharing videos, photos, and quotes.
In an elaborate tribute, several celebrities joined forces to recreate Dr. King’s beloved and influential “I Have a Dream” speech on Twitter. It began with Chance the Rapper and carried on, involving Common, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, Diddy, Oprah, and Pharrell Williams, among others.
Others took to Instagram to offer their tributes. Rowland, for instance, reflected on Dr. King with a message of hope.
“Like SO MANY, I am praying so hard for this country,” she wrote. “As I pray I’m hearing the scripture, ‘faith without works is dead.’ Having faith is one thing, my ‘work’ in wanting to see change will be taking action in what I believe in! Not being a lazy citizen!
“What would this great man Dr.Martin Luther King, with such a great legacy, if he were still here say?” she asked. “What would he do? We have come a long way, but still have so far to go! LET US NOT BE LEAD BY FEAR! BUT, move with strategy…& courage!”
Zendaya also reflected on Dr. King with a message of her own. Taking things a step further, the singer/actress visited the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was given.
“It’s extremely important for young people to educate themselves in history so we’re able to learn from the past,” she said. “It’s to be remembered and not forgotten so we can grow from it and expand upon it. There is no future without the past.”
Killer Mike, who’s become a politically charged force in hip-hop, provided his MLK Day reflections with a video of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Think about how policy affects your life local and get active,” he wrote. “Happy MLK day I hope u only support Political figures who represent the stance of MLK and others who fought for Social Justice. Love and Respect to all.”
Sharing a photograph of Dr. King with his family, Fabolous also provided his thoughts on this day. “leadership is priceless,” he wrote. “Happy Birthday & Happy MLK Day to all who believe in equality. #MLKDay.
In another post, depicting Dr. King as Martin Lawrence’s character in “Martin,” he added: “I’m sure when he first told them ‘I Have A Dream’ they told him ‘you so crazy.'”
Diddy, who contributed to the Twitter homage, also shared some of his favorite Dr. King quotes on Instagram. They included: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools;” “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word;” and “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Others, like Ciara, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, LL Cool J, T.I., D∆WN, Jazmine Sullivan, and R. Kelly offered their gratitude too. See some of their tributes below.