Today, 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 if it weren’t for his tireless efforts to bring equality and education to American political and social spheres.

But more than anything we can say, we’d like to highlight what others are saying about the legendary American visionary. So, without further ado, here’s what some big-name artists and musicians have to say about Dr. King.

Malina Moy:

“Happy Birthday #DrMartinLutherKingJr

“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 a sun, be a star. Because it is not by size that you win or fail. Be the best you are.

U2:

“Dr King has kept us tolerant in this time of terror. Kept us true to peace and community. Made us believe in joy and justice. Showed us the way to a shared humanity. -Good”

Fat Freedia:

“Remembering Dr. King, thank you for all you’ve done!! ❤️❤️❤️MLK DAY!! We love you ❤️”

REM:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. -Martin Luther King Jr. In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, we are sharing Michael’s reading of selections from Dr. King’s 1963 collection, Strength to Love (the video was included in the 2002 REM package Fan Club Holiday). #MLKDay2022 #MLKDay #loveforce #martinlutherking“

Valerie June:

“Listen to this podcast in honor of MLK Day and the peaceful world it represents. @wolfintunehttps://podcasts.apple.com/…/30-the…/id1488561039…

Cat power:

“from: • @sade1111 We are at a crossroads, now more than ever we have to look at LOVE. Thank you Dr King for teaching us all that love in action looks like💜✊🏾
・・・Happy 93rd Celestial Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” #martinlutherkingjr #themeasureofaman #ihaveadream #mlkday #Repost @natblacktheatre“

Michael Jackson (account):

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

Stella Parton:

“On this Martin Luther King Jr. birthday, if you’re an American who grew up in the 60s and aren’t mad about the suffrage issue, you must have lost your memory or you you are downright racist. I am very angry and disappointed!

Killer Mike:

“Amen. To hell with the law if the law is unfair. Good day MLK. Don’t bend. Stay an outlaw.

Elmo:

“Elmo heard about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at school and made a peace tree with Elmo’s friends to #MLKDay. Elmo likes to dream like Dr. King. Elmo hopes Elmo’s dreams will make him proud.

Pearl Jam:

“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.
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DJ Kevin Cole:

“Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tonight on @KEXP with special DJ mixes @supremelarock, @sharlesemetcalf, @kidhops, Brit, Alex and @rizrollins! Extensions #MLK. Unity Party! #KEXP #MLKDay

Tim McGraw:

“Words for living…. #MLKday”

Expensive:

“TWO DAYS WE CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR, 1 OF THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL AMERICANS IN OUR HISTORY. HOW CAN WE FAILED THIS GREAT MAN AND HIS DREAM!? HOW IT IS, OUR COUNTRY STILL IS DIVIDED BY HATED RACISM AND!?SOME WHITES R TERRIFIED OF A MIXED FUTURE, I WELCOME IT.

Black tones:

“We have much to be grateful for because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the people who fight for racial justice and equality. We want to share this video of us and @MikeMcCreadyPJ covering @U2 ‘Pride (In the Name of Love) a song about MLK Jr.! Enjoy!'”

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