On this date, half a century ago, one man and 250,000 other men and women marched on Washington so that people of all races could “have a dream” and a fair shot at making it come true. We caught up with rappers Juicy J and Machine Gun Kelly, model Joan Smalls and other celebs at the 2013 VMAs to find out what exactly Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream means to them.
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“I’m just so over color. I’m just so over it,” said 23-year-old rapper Machine Gun Kelly. “Red, black, white, yellow — I don’t care what you look like. Just don’t be stinky.” Ha! Juicy J, one-third of Three 6 Mafia — the first rap group to win an Academy Award — shared the same sentiment saying, “Don’t worry about color. Judge a person by their character.”
Meanwhile, television personality Toccara Jones had mixed feelings on the subject. “It makes me proud and it makes me sad,” she said of celebrating the 50 year anniversary of MLK Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. “I do see that we’ve come far … but we still have a long way to go. I’m glad that … we’re not letting the dream die, that we’re continuing the dream, but I think that we need to stand up and we need to work harder.”
We’ve come a long way, in many ways, since 1963, but there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve equality for all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation. This isn’t about civil rights. It’s not about voting rights. And it’s not about marriage rights, either. From August 28th, 1963, till August 28th, 2013, and for many August 28ths to come, it will always be about HUMAN rights!
To help keep MLK Jr.’s movement alive, the Emerging Leaders Commission, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and MTV Act have started the #whatsyourdream movement. Share your dream with the hashtag #whatsyourdream or visit YourDreamYourPledge.com to learn more now.
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