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What Will You Do To Celebrate The Dreamer?

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January 15, 2012 by The ReadyWriter


Tomorrow we observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It is a federal and state holiday and Post offices will be closed; there will be no regular mail delivery, state and local government offices will be closed as well, and banks and public schools have the option to close.

To commemorate the King holiday, people have converged on King’s monument in Washington, DC., but I’m hoping that people will remember his message, not the monument. In the meantime, President Barack and Michelle Obama are calling on the American people to volunteer their services.

Churches all over the world will have services today and tomorrow, remembering King as a civil rights activist who changed the course of history for racial equality in the United States.

In 1963 King helped organize the March on Washington, an assembly of more than  200,000 protestors at which he made his famous “I have a dream” speech. The  march influenced the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was born January 15, 1929 and his holiday is observed every third Monday in January.

So what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?

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139 thoughts on “What Will You Do To Celebrate The Dreamer?

  1. Acquitta says:

    it’s cold so i’ll be chilling at bedside baptist.

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  2. Nicole says:

    “We still dream of the “day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”.

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  3. Adam says:

    @Ceo Fam., remember King said… “judge a man “by the content of his character and not the color of his skin . . “.

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  4. CeoDawg says:

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversey”

    Dr Martin Luther king..

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  5. BigBelly says:

    Ok I see everybody grabbing “King quotes” when Trace asked “what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”

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    • Nicole says:

      Ok I see everybody grabbing “King quotes” when Trace asked “what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”
      *********

      and we’re remembering him by remembering his words..are u mad cause you don’t know any?

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      • Tamala says:

        Ok I see everybody grabbing “King quotes” when Trace asked “what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”
        *********

        and we’re remembering him by remembering his words..are u mad cause you don’t know any?
        __________

        cosign! he’s hatin as usual. 🙂

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      • Adam says:

        Ok I see everybody grabbing “King quotes” when Trace asked “what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”
        *********
        @Bigbelly, There’s no right or wrong way to remember King…if we quote King all day he’s still being remembered?

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  6. Tamala says:

    So what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”

    relaxing!!!

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  7. BBallen says:

    “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

    Martin Luther King..

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  8. DaisyDukes says:

    “What will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”

    Hey CEO Fam: make the annual Day, a day of Service “a day on, not a day off,” by volunteering to help in your communities.

    Peace!!

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  9. Yasha says:

    Tracy, please post the video.

    Please and thank you 🙂

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    • Pinky says:

      I heard they were gonna remake this song?

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      • Ms. Kayla says:

        Pinky,
        This is one of the best collaborations to date. I seriously doubt if the artist of today have the ability to coexist for the greater good of songs that have a greater purpose.

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      • EbonyEyes says:

        I seriously doubt if the artist of today have the ability to coexist for the greater good of songs that have a greater purpose.
        ———————————————
        CO-SIGN….CAN YOU PICTURE RIHANNA, BEYOUNCE, CHRIS BROWN, TREY SONGS AND JUSTIN BEIBER (LOL…GOTTA HAVE A WHITE GUY) AND NICKI MINAJ BUTCHERING THIS CLASSIC…GAWD NO…PLEASE NO.

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      • Lexy says:

        What’s up Ladies: They better not even think about touching this song!

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      • Keisha says:

        this video is priceless and they never play it anymore on the radio..how sad.

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      • Acquitta says:

        They DONT make music like this anymore! Wow the memories!!!

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      • Adriane says:

        Happy Birthday DR. MARTIN LUTHUR KING.

        Please y’all…..Try to get a group like that with todays stars, it would never work. Too many egos.

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      • BigBelly says:

        The gods and legends…all together!

        This collab can never be done again!!

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      • BrownGirl says:

        Talk about flashback…New Edition, El Debarge, Stacy lattisaw, Lisa Lisa, Whitney…etc. Thanks for posting this video. This song is infectious.

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  10. XMen says:

    RIP Dr. King

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  11. Angelhair says:

    That part of the Dream is fulfilled….these days black, white, brown, red and yellow children together as friends, however we still have a loooooooong way to go. We shall get there. 😦 we shall overcome…

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  12. Jamilla says:

    Long Live Dr. King’s Dream

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  13. XMen says:

    Damn I forgot El was in this….and what ever happened to James J.T. Taylor?

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  14. Pat says:

    Kurtis Blow threw his fist up real quick, like he was rapping hard! *I love this song*

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  15. Danny says:

    Oh, Whitney!
    If only I could rewind time. One of the greatest voices ever.

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  16. Acquitta says:

    May God rest MLK’s soul.

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  17. Cameo1 says:

    Tra, thanks for posting this video, it takes me waaaayyyyy back 😦

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  18. Pinky says:

    I remember the year before MLK’s birthday was a holiday, my parents kept us home with them from school out of protest and respect for MLK’s fight and sacrifice. When his birthday became a national holiday it was truly a triumph for all that lost their lives for the civil rights of African-Americans.

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  19. XMen says:

    Seein Full Force in this video takes me back to the House Party movies. “We’re gonna kick ur Fuckin***** AAAAAAAAAAASSS!!!!!” LOL

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  20. HarlemGirl says:

    I love when Whitney sings” Shine ” She gives life to the song.

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  21. Sane says:

    This song need to be blasted throughout every hood today and Monday.

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  22. DaisyDukes says:

    Love this tribute, brings back so many memories of my favorite artists back in the day.

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  23. Ionna says:

    I’m in tears…..

    😦

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    • Keisha says:

      @Ionna,
      I Can’t help but get misty eyed on this one, so many musical legends on one song paying their respect to a Great man!

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      • Acquitta says:

        This song still brings tears to my eyes,It makes yesterday have even a greater meaning if that’s at all possible. That’s for posting

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      • Yvonne says:

        This just brought me to tears because his dream is now becoming a reality, thanks to Barack Obama, our PRESIDENT!

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      • ELovely says:

        Gives me chills everytime I watch this- sooooooo powerful!!!!! and then to think, Obama is president…

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      • CorporateBitch says:

        This song also makes me feel emotional…I especially get choked up when everyone sings celebrate at the end**the togetherness is beautiful**

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  24. Mahogany says:

    WITHOUT DR. KING WHERE WOULD WE BE….THANKS DR. KING

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  25. SueWee says:

    OMG SUCH MEMORIES!! Its feels good to see us getting together for a great man in PEACE! He was not a perfect man, but then none of us are…

    What he wanted for the world was perfect however!

    RIP MLK and thanks for making things so much better for myself, my child, and all future generations of children!

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  26. Pointmen says:

    Respect to Dr King…GREAT SONG AND POWERFUL MESSAGE!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR KING

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  27. CorporateBitch says:

    This song just warms my heart every time & every year!!

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  28. EbonyEyes says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING….TO COMMERORATE I’LL BE HOME WATCHIN SERVICES ON TV AND CHILLIN LIKE A VILLAN. 🙂

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  29. QueenC says:

    loved this song when it was fresh out the box & still do, today.

    wish more would take heed to the message…

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  30. Bobby says:

    An MLK Day tradition for me. Sure, the video totally reflects the style of the 1980s, but it proves why we celebrate his birthday.

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  31. FloridaGurl says:

    Love this Special Classic!!! Wonderful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther Ling. Happy Birthday ! !!!

    Going to breakfast and service at my church.

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  32. Anthony says:

    Aw, Teena Marie… This is the jam! I miss this period SO much. Thank God for MLK

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  33. 2Thick4U says:

    I got one word: “Classic” !

    I love this video!

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  34. Gabriella says:

    This clip always moves me to tears! I am eternally grateful to the Rev. Dr. King for all he did to make the world a better place for all God’s children.

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Dr. King From Salisbury NC. Thank You. You are gone but will never be forgotten.

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  36. Civil says:

    This is a beautiful tribute to Dr. King on the r&b and hip hop tip. Check out all the artist some of them were so young, to bad we cant bring back dem dayz. “Open up a window, let the love shine everyday in your life, yours and mine.

    Good lookin out Trace.

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  37. SoldierOne says:

    R.I.P. Jam Master Jay n Teena Marie. Love Run DMC, New Edition, Whitney Houston, Kurtis Blow, Fat Boys, Grand Master Flash, El Debarge, Menudo, Stacy Latisaw, Stephanie Mills, Kool n Gang (JT). I think I named the majority of them. Remember when it first came on BET Fam?

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    • Keisha says:

      R.I.P. Jam Master Jay n Teena Marie
      ****************************
      “Sing, celebrate, sing, sing, celebrate! What are you waiting for?”
      R.I.P. Teena Marie

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  38. Donte says:

    Thanks for posting this Tra, appreciate it.
    Great video for a great man. PEace and GOD BLESS

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  39. Pointmen says:

    Dr King Day 2012: da Fight Continues!!!

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  40. QTip says:

    sing celebrate, sing sing celebrate

    wassup fam?

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  41. Zion says:

    Wow, watching this video like 25 years later really makes me appreciate every artist. Only those who really wanted to be a part of this tribute participated…blacks, whites and hispanic. The idea of a MLK holiday was a divisive issue in public opinion. However, the naysayers did not persuade any of these artists. Kudos to them all…

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    • Al-scream says:

      I agree Zion, this was a historical gathering of talent; amazing that there was only one white artist who appeared here meanwhile today every white person claims to be “moved & inspired” by Dr.King. Yeah, right!! Also, Prince didn’t appear on this video but he paid a lot of money so that this MLK center could be opened and the production for this show.

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  42. Angelhair says:

    whitney houston looks like a human candy cane in that sweater :

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  43. Olivijah says:

    very good post Tracy this song made me feel warm and teary eyed.. 🙂

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  44. Olivijah says:

    @Nicole,
    where’s the lyrics?

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    • Lisa says:

      yeah Nicole is usually up on this. lol

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      • Nicole says:

        Once a year we celebrate
        Washington and Lincoln on their birth dates
        And now a third name is added to the list
        A man of peace, (Drum Major for Justice)
        Now, now, now every January on the third Monday
        We pay homage to the man who paved the way
        For freedom, justice and equality
        To make the world a better place for you and me
        It’s a holiday, it’s a gathering
        For the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

        Dr. King tried to love somebody
        (Do you wanna love somebody)
        For his sake put your hate away, take a day
        (Take a day to love somebody)
        Don’t play on the Holiday, work to find a better way
        (Everybody love somebody now)

        Oh, everybody sing
        For Martin Luther King
        Oh, let freedom ring (That’s right)
        For Martin Luther King, now sing

        Holiday! Holiday!
        King Holiday!
        Not a day just for some
        It’s a day for everyone

        He had a dream now it’s up to you
        He had a dream now it’s up to you
        To see it through, to make it come true
        Now do it

        Who do we thank for teaching us
        That we all have the strength to love
        Mmm, we thank the Prince of Non-Violence
        For showing us the way

        How do we show the children of today
        How to live together as one
        Oh…we’ll sing of a King
        And his words will light all of our tomorrows

        Dr. King tried to love somebody
        (Do you wanna love somebody)
        For his sake put your hate away, take a day
        (Take a day to love somebody)
        Don’t play on the Holiday, work to find a better way
        (Everybody love somebody now)

        Oh, everybody sing (Come on)
        For Martin Luther King (Ah, yeah)
        Oh, let freedom ring (That’s right)
        For Martin Luther King, now sing

        Holiday! Holiday!
        King Holiday!
        Not a day just for some
        It’s a day for everyone

        He had a dream now it’s up to you
        Because you gotta see it through, and make it come true

        Holiday! Holiday! (Mmm)
        King Holiday!
        Not a day just for some
        It’s a day for everyone

        He had a dream now it’s up to you
        He had a dream now it’s up to you
        To see it through, to make it come true
        Now do it

        Listen children of today
        Don’t think love has gone away
        It’s in your hearts and minds
        (How long) Not long

        New day will shine
        If we just take the chance
        [His love will glow]
        Open up the windows

        Let the hero shine
        Every day in your life
        Yours and mine
        Everybody shine, whoa…
        Let it shine, let it shine, woo…whoa…oh…

        For the future generation, Dr. King’s medication
        For successful operation is peace for every nation

        Sing! Celebrate!
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
        For a King Celebrate!
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

        Sing! Celebrate!
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
        For a King Celebrate!
        Everybody in the place

        Sing! Sing! Celebrate! (Celebrate, Celebrate for a King)
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate! {What are you waitin’ for}
        For a King Celebrate! (Celebrate every single day, whoa…)
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

        Sing! Celebrate!
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
        For a King Celebrate!
        Everybody in the place

        Sing! Sing! Celebrate! (Celebrate!) [Celebrate!]
        For a King (For a King) Celebrate! (Celebrate!)
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

        Sing! Celebrate!
        For a King Celebrate!
        Everybody in the place, come on

        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
        [Celebrate!] (Come on, come on, let’s all Celebrate!)
        For a King Celebrate! (Everybody come on, let’s Celebrate!)
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

        Sing! Celebrate!
        For a King Celebrate!
        Everybody in the place

        Sing! Sing! Celebrate! (Celebrate!) [Celebrate!] (Celebrate!)
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate! {What are you waitin’ for}
        For a King Celebrate! {Let it shine, whoa, whoa}
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

        Sing! Celebrate!
        Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
        For a King Celebrate!
        Everybody in the place

        Sing! Sing!
        (Celebrate!) Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
        (Celebrate!)
        Ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…

        (Celebrate!) Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
        (Celebrate!)
        Ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…ooh…

        (Celebrate!) Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

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      • Olivijah says:

        That was quick!!! Thanks Nicole. 🙂

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      • Nicole says:

        That was quick!!! Thanks Nicole
        __________________________
        that’s because i *stay* lurkin. 🙂

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  45. Wanda says:

    i haven’t seen this video in yrs, good post, thanks MLK for your heroic work. and thank you blog queen for reminding us TO GET INVOLVED!!!!

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  46. Aceman says:

    He taught us to love each other.

    Keep the dream alive.

    Remember this day and everyday.

    CELEBRATE THE DREAM……..

    BE BLESSED……………….

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  47. Dana says:

    This video will never be old to me. I love it! Happy Birthday, Dr. King!!!

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  48. Acquitta says:

    This song will NEVEr grow old for me. LUV IT!

    Happy Birthday Dr. King! ♥

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  49. Tabatha says:

    I soooo remember this! Thanks for this post. 🙂

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  50. Adriane says:

    I still have this on tape!! Wow!!

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  51. BigBelly says:

    great song, but why the radio stations dont play it anymore? you would think they will at least play it every year on MLK holiday

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  52. BrownGirl says:

    Today is the day!
    Have a happy Martin Luther King holiday everyone!!

    What am I doing?? Having lunch at Sylvia’s with friends. 🙂

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  53. Felicia says:

    Thanks for posting this Tra!!

    I luv you Tra

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  54. Natasha says:

    Tracy this post of yours whoaaa was soooo inspiring and this video still inspires me today.

    🙂

    Thank you girl…

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  55. Mahogany says:

    🙂

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  56. UncleEd says:

    thank god change has come through alot of pain and suffering by all americans. i mean everyone as a people we all made a difference. live for tomorrow and please go that extra mile to make that difference.

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  57. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    For some people this is simply a day off from work; to me it is so much more, especially in this day & time. In 2008 we got our very first African-American president of the US This not only fulfills one of the dreams of Dr. King; this fullfulls every dream that our ancestors had for us as a people & they may not be here in their physical bodies to see their vision, we have to know that they are smiling & watching over all of us. THEIR WORK & STRUGGLES HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN.

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    • Yvonne says:

      Amen Mrs!!!!
      RIP Dr. king and Coretta Scott King.Good luck President Obama!! May God watch over you and your family in this historical journey.

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  58. Gia says:

    Happy Mlk Day CEO Fam

    this day im gonna watch freedom writers and all the other movies in his honor.

    Becuz it’s way too cold to move LOL.

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  59. Yvonne says:

    His Birthday really is 2day January 15th.
    Happy MLK Day y’all!!
    Thank you Martin Luther King for your dedication and struggle to make this world a better place!

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  60. ELovely says:

    whatta classic Trace.

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  61. Omar says:

    I see the video distracted y’all from Tracy’s initial question: “So what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”

    As for me, I will be attending services tomorrow and participated in a community clean up

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    • Al-scream says:

      I see the video distracted y’all from Tracy’s initial question: “So what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”

      As for me, I will be attending services tomorrow and participated in a community clean up
      ***********
      well bundle up brah, cause the hawk is real out there

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  62. Yasha says:

    Every person under 30 should check this video out, and take the time to watch the “I have a dream” speech on youtube, all 17 mins of it.

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  63. CoCo says:

    i’m reading on other forums that king cheated on his wife. is this true?

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    • Pointman says:

      @Coco, yeah he had some real shit going on behind closed doors. i believe he was killed becuz he lost focus of the dream and his movement becuz of some ass.

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      • CoCo says:

        @Coco, yeah he had some real shit going on behind closed doors. i believe he was killed becuz he lost focus of the dream and his movement becuz of some ass.
        ==========
        well you know they say “the king left the throne for some pussy” 🙂 lol.

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      • Zenna says:

        i’m reading on other forums that king cheated on his wife. is this true?
        ******
        yeah word on the street is he cheated…if you see the play “mountaintop” with samuel l jackson and angela bassett, it comes out in their lines *how he loved woman* so yeah king was a ho on the downlow

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      • QueenC says:

        i’m reading on other forums that king cheated on his wife. is this true?
        ******
        king’s best friend “that reverend” paid his mistress not to publish her book. she was going to publish a *tell-all* about their love affair and the powers that be pd her bcuz they knew it would tarnish his once squeky clean legacy.

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      • Adam says:

        Ok so the man wasn’t perfect…He was a flawed human being that treated women terribly, but we shouldn’t forge about his message and all the things he did for the human race.

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      • Pointmen says:

        Adam,
        he cheated on his wife ain’t nobody say a damn thing about him *treating women terribly*

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      • Nicole says:

        “Yes, historians have uncovered evidence concluding that King did in fact engage in extramarital relations.

        The most conclusive evidence are the recordings of King’s affairs (recorded through FBI hotel bugs which were placed on him based on suspicion of association with the Communist Party).”

        In addition to the tapes, a close confidant of King, Reverend Ralph Abernathy confirmed Martin Luther King Jr.’s tendency to engage in extramarital affairs in his book, “And The Walls Came Tumbling Down.”).

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      • Bobby says:

        wow he was a minister who cheated on his wife. he’s no better than messy jesse then.

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      • RandomChick says:

        Who cares? Show me one person who is perfect. Once you find him I’ll give him a stone so he can cast it at everyone else.

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      • Cameo1 says:

        Who cares? Show me one person who is perfect. Once you find him I’ll give him a stone so he can cast it at everyone else.
        ******************
        nobody’s perfect NO!!! that’s why we fart n shit but infedelity?? there is absolutely no excuse for that shit esp. since the man had a wife..what one pussy wasn’t enuff? so please stop comparing perfection being minus an infidel to make it aight cuz it’s not

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      • ManUp says:

        i’m reading on other forums that king cheated on his wife. is this true?
        ————————————–
        Hate to say it but Yea he did!

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      • Al-scream says:

        damn!!! no wonder he had a dream lol.

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      • Starr says:

        “King was a human being: flawed, vulnerable, uncertain about the future, subject to appetites and buffeted by the extraordinary stresses of his position. His civil rights cause was holy, but he was a sinner.”

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      • SlickRick says:

        “King smacked dat ass, he smacked dat ass, he thanked God almighty and smacked some ass”

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      • EbonyEyes says:

        “King smacked dat ass, he smacked dat ass, he thanked God almighty and smacked some ass”

        LMAO 🙂

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      • Mahogany says:

        “King smacked dat ass, he smacked dat ass, he thanked God almighty and smacked some ass”

        You ain’t right…are u mocking the “free at last speech?” LOL 🙂 it’s funny thou.

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  64. Anonymous says:

    Black people don’t even know MLK today. To them, it’s a street in their neighborhood where people get shot, buy drugs and drink 40 ouncers

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  65. Starr says:

    “A person needn’t be perfect to be great.”

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  66. Sane says:

    “So what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”

    what you gon do ms. bell?

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  67. SlickRick says:

    “So what will you do to remember Martin Luther King’s life and legacy?”

    let me think about it and tell you tomorrow.

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  68. IntenseShit says:

    what will i do to celebrate king’s legacy? i’ll be staying home., relaxing with my husband of course.

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  69. “A right delayed is a right denied.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  70. Bird says:

    “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  71. AnnaB says:

    Sing celebrate, sing, sing celebrate.

    Evening y’all.

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  72. FloridaGurl says:

    i was thinking the other day abt what a huge thing it is that MLK has a national holiday. i mean what other man of this country has that?? (no presidents) #WINNING
    #proudblkmoment

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  73. Rezzie says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.! Thank you for inspiring and guiding us towards being better human beings…

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.~ Martin Luther King, Jr

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