Today, obviously, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and many African Americans in the world of entertainment and politics are showing their respects to the great civil rights leader.
While many have tried to use quotes MLK used to further their own agenda, the following tributes are verified to actually have genuine thought behind them. See what some had to say below.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” #MondayMotivation #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/31YOSeTfqt— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) January 21, 2019
I often look to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for inspiration. These words ring especially true today: “The time is always right to do what is right.”— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) January 21, 2019
Let’s recommit to fighting for the very best of who we are & remember to be joyful warriors along the way. #MLKDay
Today for me is about celebrating & remembering two incredible people.. this man & my mother. It’s been a year since she physically left, but I still feel her love every day ♥️ I encourage you to cherish those around you & continue to spread kindness wherever you go🕊 xoP #MLKday pic.twitter.com/oPhhZXQfm3— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) January 21, 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was my hero, my mentor, my friend, and my brother. We honor his legacy by celebrating this holiday as a day on, not a day off. It is a day of action, a day of love, to give of ourselves to others and begin anew the building of the beloved community.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) January 21, 2019
Many who quote him now would have hated him then. He was assassinated for trying to eradicate the evils some claim he’d support today. But he was a Christ-centered, love-fueled, justice-seeking, peacemaking, globally-minded, nonviolent revolutionary & prophet. #MLK90 #MLKDay #MLK pic.twitter.com/4kj2HgIYk0— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 21, 2019
I’ve always drawn inspiration from what Dr. King called life’s most persistent and urgent question: "What are you doing for others?" Let’s honor his legacy by standing up for what is right in our communities and taking steps to make a positive impact on the world.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 21, 2019
Thank you MLK for making this world a much better place.
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