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.
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."" #IHaveADream
— COMMON (@common) January 16, 2017
the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight #IHaveADream
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) January 16, 2017
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. #IHaveADream
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) January 16, 2017
With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, #IHaveADream
— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) January 16, 2017
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, #IHaveADream
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 16, 2017
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!”
Like SO MANY, I am praying so hard for this country, 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? 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(@toureroberts) & courage! #reflectingontheKing!
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.”
This post is important becuz not only does it show Sanders explaining the problem with the racist false War on Drugs but he goes further to state once u have a petty weed charge it kills employment opp's & sets u up to really have to commit real crime to sustain. Also Note the ONLY mayoral candidate in the house Atl was Sen. Vincent Fort who is proposing to decriminalize Marijuana in Atl, supports Free city College and A livable wage for workers in Atl. Imagine all the bs weed charges that will never stop a young Person in this city from proper employment or Free trade school for young men who wuda been failed Trappers. Think about how policy affects your life local and get active. 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.