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“Twerking to be seen was not a part of King’s dream!” Tonight on Conversations Of A Sistah

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January 22, 2014 by The ReadyWriter


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Disturbing images of Dr. Martin Luther King turned up all over the internet by Michigan party promoters, advertising freedom to twerk parties in honor of the King Holiday weekend.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s head was photo shopped onto the body of a man (pictured above) wearing a gold chain and throwing up “west side” hand gestures to advertise a holiday party.

The flier, which was created by promoter group “Mid-Michigan Teen Parties“, billed the event as a chance to express one undeniable right that wasn’t apart of King’s agenda and that is, the “Freedom 2 Twerk.”

Other fliers were also circulating promoting a King Holiday party weekend by quoting excerpts from his famous “I have a dream” speech. “Free At Last” anyone 21 and over free until midnight”.

Dr. Martin Luther King was a champion for justice, equality, tolerance and non-violence and these images and gestures promoting such parties in honor of a holiday activist fought so hard to observe, are highly disrespectful!

Be sure and “tune-in” with me tonight at 8:00 P.M. to “Conversations Of A Sistah” on “Conversations Live” as I address such disrespect while discussing the real intent of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream.

I will be taking your phone calls on the air at 1 (347) 426-3645.

Please access the show at any of the “Conversations” links in the post!

Meet you on the air.

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178 thoughts on ““Twerking to be seen was not a part of King’s dream!” Tonight on Conversations Of A Sistah

  1. Bird says:

    Aw shit now!

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  2. 2thick4you says:

    I like cause you honoring him and discussing this o_o

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  3. Zenna says:

    This right here is a damn shame!
    Tuning in.

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  4. QueenC says:

    Hey fam….thank god Tracy is talking about this because Sharpton talked about it briefly on PoliticsNation a couple of weeks ago.

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  5. Bobby says:

    Oh this is going to be good 🙂

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  6. Floridagirl says:

    When did teen twerking become positive?

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  7. bballen says:

    The man was spit on, hit, kicked, had the dogs put on him, sprayed with fire hoses, arrested, shot, and died so these niggaz can twerk? GTFOH!

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  8. Wanda says:

    To have his face on a flyer, for a hole in the wall night club is not only distasteful, but disrespectful. Whoever did this needs to brush up on their black history.

    I know you are going to kill this CONVO Tracy! 🙂

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  9. Starr says:

    So let me get this str8… Their idea of respect is to use Dr. Kings images on a thug throwing up gang signs for a twerking party? Ain’t this some shit?

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  10. Crystal says:

    This is not respectful at all. Very Disrespectful.

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  11. Starr says:

    Good afternoon all.

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  12. Acquitta says:

    what a damn shame!!

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  13. Danny says:

    MLK is appalled for the use of his imagery in such a distasteful manner. I just know it!!

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  14. ManUp says:

    WHITEwashed history is to blame for this bullshit!

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  15. Pointmen says:

    I’m sure that after tonight’s show Tracy will sets them on a path of discovery and set them on a path of SIGNIFICANCE of MLK SHE GON HANDLE THIS SHIT!!!

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  16. Adriane says:

    “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
    Marcus Garvey

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  17. cameo1 says:

    How is it that our race has MLK turning in his grave and Jim Crow resting in peace??? WTF?

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  18. Anthony says:

    This is really, seriously a COT damn shame and a disgrace!

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  19. RandomChick says:

    There is no respect for our historians, leaders and pillars of our community anymore! Because young people and the majority of the young African Community Have NO respect for themselves so how can they show respect to MLK. Tuning in.

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  20. Ashanti says:

    Tracy these young college chicks dont know MLK, he’s just a figure head to them!

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  21. Browngirl says:

    These teens are idiots n have done the same thing white idiots did to MLK back in Arkansas. I hope they get lynched for creating this flier of MLK!!!
    Dumbasses.

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  22. Yes says:

    This is WRONG! and I’m tuning in tonight to see what Trace gots to say about it!

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  23. Neisy says:

    Can we just say the party promoters are all full of shit! They’re disrespectful and this is Distasteful. Mad as hell 😡 Can’t wait to hear what Tra gone say!

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  24. Ionna says:

    I’m so ashamed of this.
    Were the promoters black?
    These young folk need to be schooled on Dr. King’s significance and contributions.
    And since when did ‘King’s Holiday’ and twerking go hand and hand?

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  25. Pookie~Nem says:

    They ignant asses got King looking pretty good for his age in that flier 🙂

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  26. Felicia says:

    Yup parties all weekend in honor of King. 😥 thank God I know better.
    Looking 4ward to Tracy’s commentary on this subject tonight!

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  27. DHood says:

    Ok, first off, how do you “twerk” in honor of a non-violent activist?
    Secondly, how is having teens twerking positive? Smh fa real?

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  28. Daisy says:

    You do better when you KNOW better –> Young people need to be reminded of King’s struggle and sacrifice for us all.

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  29. Nicole says:

    The flier, which was created by promoter group “Mid-Michigan Teen Parties“, billed the event as a chance to express one undeniable right that wasn’t apart of King’s agenda and that is, the “Freedom 2 Twerk.”

    Tracy the promoters wasn’t thinking at all about anything but the money it would make. That more people would come if he used MLK’s face. Prayerfully he and other’s will learn from this.

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  30. Jamilla says:

    I’m OURAGED by this !

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    • Civil says:

      “Yes it’s an outrage, this young generation is (stupid) and smoking to many Blunts, Our Government has taken Black history out of our Education systems, it’s a way of Brainwashing the youth, Dr.King died defending our human Rights, and this is the way the new generation of teens Repay him? It’s Embarrassing.

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      • Jamilla says:

        Civil it’s not the young people, it’s the promoters, they just know what young people like and that’s twerking.

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      • Civil says:

        Civil it’s not the young people, it’s the promoters, they just know what young people like and that’s twerking.
        ————————
        Yeah but…..if the YOUNGUNS know it’s WRONG to be twerking in King’s honor then the party would be empty!

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      • Jamilla says:

        Civil it’s not the young people, it’s the promoters, they just know what young people like and that’s twerking.
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        Yeah but…..if the YOUNGUNS know it’s WRONG to be twerking in King’s honor then the party would be empty!
        ~~~~
        TRUE DAT!!

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      • Anthony says:

        Civil it’s not the young people, it’s the promoters, they just know what young people like and that’s twerking.
        ————————

        SEE this is why I say people need to WAKE THE FUCK UP…Ignorance will keep blacks in slavery. SMDH

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  31. Bobby says:

    Wow!
    Dr king didn’t die for your rights to shake your “booty”..He died so that our grandparents, mothers &fathers and there future generations, could have equal rights, justice and equality.

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  32. Adam says:

    These young folks uneducated about Dr. King need to pick up a Book and Read about him. To photo shop his image to sale a party was str8 ignorant!

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  33. Lisa says:

    Dr. Martin made too many sacrifices for him to be disrespected in this manner.
    Great show topic Ms. Bell

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  34. Tamala says:

    This is an example of how our youth have misguided focuses… they need role models like Dr. King cause I swear there’s not one in today’s society.

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  35. Miss Ang says:

    This was tacky and a huge lack of respect!!!!
    Tuning in!

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  36. HarlemGirl says:

    Dr. King deserves all honor and respect. after all be did sacrifice his life for a cause.

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  37. CeoDawg says:

    Tracy I can’t wait to hear you talk about this because it was such disrespect to a great leader

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  38. CorporateBitch says:

    The heat from that flier I believe got the event changed and the fliers removed.

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  39. Yasha says:

    What’s wrong with young black people? I think the reason they have such little respect about Dr.King and the Civil Rights struggle is because most black homes do not teach about the Civil Rights struggle and therefore you have this young generation that have absolutely no clue about the past.

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  40. shawnia says:

    These people should be ashamed of this behavior but in today’s society there is no shame about anything!!! This young generation is truly without SOULS!!!!! How could anyone think of a way of disrespecting a man such as Dr.Martin Luther King and all he stood for?????? I am convinced this young generation are all about destroying themselves and that is such a shame!!!!!

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  41. BillyBoy says:

    I agree with Tracy, twerking is probably not the best way to honor the King Holiday. Perhaps, if the King children acted more like Kings, instead of tearing each other down with stupid and frivolous lawsuits against each other; then maybe they would get more respect from this younger generation.

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  42. UncleEd says:

    Tracy I like because your using your platform to honor him.
    Dr. King would find no humor in being crass. Sagging pants and a big chain around his neck are hardly status symbols representing what he stood for except to those who delight in that kind of thing. Tuning in!

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  43. Mahogany says:

    I think the media blew this out of proportion. The media looks for waysto down grade black folks..

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    • Olivijah says:

      I think the media blew this out of proportion. The media looks for waysto down grade black folks..
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      Really???? cause I think black folks do a good job at down grading themselves.

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      • Val says:

        I think the media blew this out of proportion. The media looks for waysto down grade black folks..
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        In this instance, the media didn’t have to do much @Mahogany… they pretty much downgraded themselves

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  44. Tammy says:

    this is disrespect on the deepest level

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  45. Princess says:

    Wow 😡 This is disgraceful

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  46. Angelhair says:

    The flier is aimed at teenagers. It’s funny. It’s not a big deal. It is not in good taste, but it isn’t the end of the world either.

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    • Rezzie says:

      The flier is aimed at teenagers. It’s funny.
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      We don’t worship King but I don’t find anything funny about that flier. It’s disrespectful and distasteful on every level. Don’t you know that?

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      • Mrs. Hawthorne says:

        The flier is aimed at teenagers. It’s funny.
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        How you figure it’s funny? when It’s aimed at teens who might not understand that the photo of MLK JR is a photo-shopped picture. It’s a big deal because MLK JR wouldn’t stand for this type of foolery and manipulation. MLK JR was a man who sacrificed his life fighting for minorities to have equality. More importantly, if MLK JR was “just some average JOE” I seriously doubt the United States of America would honor him under US federal holidays.

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      • Joanne says:

        The flier is aimed at teenagers. It’s funny.
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        OMG you sound Ignorant! Mainly because you find the flier funny. I doubt very seriously that Dr. King would be laughing at this. On the contrary, I think he’d be devastated not only by the original poster but what it says about our culture and its current state.

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  47. Donte says:

    How could they disrespect Dr. King like this?? The white man looks at us and laughs. I don’t care if they tried to fix it. Don’t throw a rock and then hide your hand!!!!!
    Shameful and Disgusting!!!

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  48. Kayla says:

    One step forward. Three steps backwards. This is what a watered down image of King would like if the class rooms of today talked about him. No real Black History (not the sanitized, watered-down version white people put into schoolbooks) the TRUTH isn’t taught to our youth. And when this happens you get nonsense like that poster.

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  49. Pinky says:

    Of course I’ll be tuned in to tonight’s show.
    And um…..I didn’t see anything wrong with the flier/poster. #dontjudgeme

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  50. Henrietta says:

    Let’s be careful not to disfranchise our youth by criticizing their freedom of expression in this today of time.
    MLK was a great man YES whom fulfilled his purpose while on this earth. I am thankful for the good fight he and many others fought and proudly and humbly confess I walk in some of those victories today. Are we there yet? No. Can we do better? of course

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  51. soldierboy says:

    Ok let’s stay mindful that this is a very different time, and the torch is still lit. MLK has accomplished a lot and he is was still a just man but not God Almighty. He had his faults just as ALL humans do. Those faults didn’t stop him from doing what he was called and chosen to do. He will remain a person in history for generations not only to study but for the chosen coming to emulate him as well. I doubt seriously that this poster or it content has any propensity to diminish MLK’S character nor end his accomplishments. This too shall pass. Lets keep it moving.

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  52. Omar says:

    Its funny- at first, with all my academic degrees and my study of Dr. King, visits to Atlanta, and his monument in DC, I know this is incredibly disrespectful of the man. But it is sad, when you know, that these promoters are not THAT clever and are doing this to make a quick buck rather than actually honor his legacy. Smh

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  53. Yvonne says:

    For those who THINK this is hilarious it’s not. It is incredibly disrespectful, and stupid, and you shouldn’t defend it in any way. Nothing about this honors him IMO.

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  54. Applebottom says:

    Don’t blame the youth of today for this total lack of respect. The blame belongs to the parents

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  55. Gabriella says:

    RESPECT should be taught at home. for home is where it “ALL and I repeat” ALL”begins! Respect for our heritage, our leaders, our elders, and most importantly our collective selves. If you have children acting a fool it is your fault and you must assume responsibility for such. No excuses.period end of story!

    Tuning in to hear my girl Tra talk about this at 8 🙂

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  56. Xmen says:

    SO DISREPECTFUL STOP IT PEOPLE THIS WHY WE AS PEOPLE CAN NOT OVERCOME ANYTHING DUE TO SELF-HATRED. SO SORRY FOR THE KING FAMILY AND US AS A PEOPLE.

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  57. Xmen says:

    OH THIS WILL BE A GOOD SHOW HELL THE TOPIC ALWAYS HAVE Y’ALL GOING 😆

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  58. Lexy says:

    We working with what? 20 minutes before the show?

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  59. BillyBoy says:

    NO THIS NIGGA DID NOT DISS MESSY JESSE AND PERMED UP AL ON CONVERSATIONS OF A SISTAH I’M LMMFAO 😆 THAT SHIT WAS HILARIOUS!!!!

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    • bballen says:

      Yes he did 😆 homey said “violence is everywhere 😆 they calling Chi-Town CHYRACK!! 😆 Diss Nigga had me rolling!!!

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      • Civil says:

        that nigga said jesse capitalizing off of being wit king on da balcony!!! 😆 I was fucking on the floor 😆 when dude said that shit!!!

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      • Lexy says:

        I wanna know who the caller is???..he start off all cool and then he lose it! 😆 dude is hilarious!!!

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      • ManUp says:

        OMG y’all the caller killed me with the Jesse Jackson statement 😆 Shit!!!

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      • SlickRick says:

        I’m sorry but I gotta agree with that motherfuckin caller “KING’S DREAM IS DEAD” and CHI-TOWN IS SHARACK!!!! 😆 that knee grow told da truff people.

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      • Yvonne says:

        when he said “Al is sold out for MSNBC TV” 😆 I was shocked!!!!!!

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      • BillyBoy says:

        what was the rhyme dude hollered at the end? anybody remember?

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      • Sane says:

        dude threw shapton and jesse under the bus 😆

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      • Keisha says:

        dude threw shapton and jesse under the bus 😆
        ———-
        😆 Under the bus of No Justice and No Peace! 😆

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      • Coco says:

        that nigga said jesse capitalizing off of being wit king on da balcony!!! 😆 I was fucking on the floor 😆 when dude said that shit!!!
        ———-
        He told the truff though 😆

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      • Aceman says:

        dude threw shapton and jesse under the bus 😆
        ———-
        He threw dem 2 niggAZ under the Freedom bus 😆

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      • HarlemGirl says:

        dude threw shapton and jesse under the bus 😆
        ———-
        I DIED when homey said Jesse still got the bloody shirt as a souvenir 😆 and Sharpton too busy getting his close up on MSNBC.

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  60. Lexy says:

    Good show! Tracy made valid points. Really!
    My mama always said charity begins at home.

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  61. Sandy says:

    Caller is a militant I agreed with a lot of things he said, one being there are no leaders of this generation. they are all played out!!!!!!

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  62. Yvonne says:

    No more leaders wow I thought that was a shame that he said that….the show was good thou.

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  63. Natasha says:

    Great show! caller was extremely outspoken with his opinion and Tracy allowed him to talk. He was funny though.

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  64. Sane says:

    that show had me rollin 😆

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    • QTip says:

      Remembering Martin Luther King on his Birthday! He would have been 85 on Monday.
      Tracy awesome show!

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    • Bobby says:

      Nicole post the lyrics please!!!

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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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      • Sue says:

        I watch this video every year at this time with my kids

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      • Pookie~Nem says:

        This group of artists! made history!

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      • Tamala says:

        “Sing Sing Celebrate For A King” … Good show Tracy I like that you make his memory & legacy count today and ALWAYS

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      • Jamilla says:

        I appreciate The Fat Boys much more now than I did a quarter century ago.

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    • Keisha says:

      Thank you Coley Boo 🙂

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  65. Keisha says:

    Dr.King tried to love somebody, do u wanna love somebody
    For his sake, put your hate away take a day, do u wanna love somebody
    Don’t play on the holiday work to find a better way, OOOOOOOOO EVERYBODY SING FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR>> SING CELEBRATE we came a long way, now the road looks even longer, Dr. King probably up there shaking his head.

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  66. Pookie~Nem says:

    That caller was hellava-larious 😆

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  67. mittseybean says:

    Happy Birthday Dr. King! Your dream lives on!!

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  68. Zion says:

    The show was awesome. our Ms. Bell sounded a little sad about her topic though. is king’s dream really 4gotten? according to that caller it is?

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  69. Coco says:

    Tracy please STOP cheating us out of our 20 minutes. loved the show and that caller 😆 Lawd have mercy he was a hot mess. 😆

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  70. BigBelly says:

    Beautiful show! Trace you’re doing an excellent job!! But that caller just like hearing himself TALK!!

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  71. Zenna says:

    That caller was all over the place. King’s dream is not dead and Obama is PROOF of that!!! So I highly disagree with him.

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  72. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    How come more of us don’t call the show? Do we not have our own 2 cents to add? That caller is a trip! I can tell he love the show and is becoming known.

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    • Daisy says:

      How come more of us don’t call the show? –>Because me personally I like to keep my conversation about the show to this blog!

      Do we not have our own 2 cents to add? –> well we do that here!

      I enjoyed the show as always Tracy get str8 to her point.

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  73. Jamilla says:

    c’mon y’all now that caller had me dying!!!! 😆 I don’t agree with him King’s dream ain’t dead. Good show Tra

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  74. Joanne says:

    AWESOME SHOW!
    I SO LOOK FORWARD TO THE SHOW EACH WEEK. KING’S DREAM IS NOT DEAD PEOPLE.

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  75. Miss Ang says:

    I just listened to the show again it buffers a lot while the show is playing and that’s annoying does anyone else have the same problem?

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  76. Neisy says:

    Let me start the quotes from tonight’s show since no one else has…
    “For those of us who know the history and legacy of dr. martin Luther king, we
    Know that he was a drum major for justice, freedom and equality.” –> TLB C.O.S.

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  77. aceman2010 says:

    did Trace take-off today or what???

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  78. Ionna says:

    Great show!!

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  79. Xmen says:

    LMAO 😆 @ how Trace responded to the caller 😆 the queen took a deep breathe like that nigga wore her out with his RAP! Oh gawd. Priceless!

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  80. Miss Ang says:

    I know MLK rolling over in his grave over this 😡

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  81. Katman says:

    JUST TOTAL DISRESPECT

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