In honor of one of the most influential man in history, celebrities have paid homage to Martin Luther King Jr.; some through social media while others took to participating in a march similar to the protest he started years ago.
After posthumously celebrating his 86th birthday last Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, a national holiday placed in honor of King was also celebrated on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Some celebrities took to Twitter and Instagram to post some of their favorite MLK quotes and/or acknowledge the said leader’s movements for civil rights. Among said celebrities are Solange Knowles who posted a video of her 10-year-old son Daniel reciting one of King’s speeches, and Allison Williams who posted a photo of her maternal grandparents during the March on Washington in 1963.
On Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in a fashion similar to King’s protest march, people paraded up to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The march was also joined in by the cast of 2014 historical movie “Selma,” which retells King’s struggle for civil rights in his times.
Among the movie’s cast who went to the march were David Oleyowo, who played as King; Oprah Winfrey, who played as civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper; rapper Common, who played as 1960s Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel; and movie director Ava Duvernay. Joining in as well was John Legend, who co-created the movie’s theme song along with Common and even tweeted of the event.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) January 19, 2015
In a statement she released, Oprah said that the march was re-enacted to honor.
“Martin Luther King as an idea, Selma as an idea and what can happen with strategy, with discipline and with love,” said Oprah.
She also enlightened people that though there were only a few who marched before compared to the current event, they were able to achieve many things. And that if they were able to do so with such a small number, how much more now when everyone can be connected not only by personal contact but also with the digital advancements of communication.
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