The country will be celebrating Martin Luther King Day this Monday, but Dr. King’s actual birthday was on January 15th. Janelle Monáe made sure to remember, and yesterday she Tweeted a special b-day message.
Some forgot. Some have not. But today we are reminded. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr HBD. Love.
— Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae) January 15, 2014
Yesterday Dr. King would have turned 85 years old. He died when he was only 39, and during his short time on this planet he became one of the most influential and motivational people in history. He is iconic for being one of the leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, and many people get chills to this day when they hear even just snippets of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
The King Center continues Dr. King’s work, and even though so much has been accomplished, there is still a lot left to do. No one can deny that racism still exists, and the recent gutting of the Voting Rights Act is alarming to many.
When I spoke to Dr. King’s colleague Congressman John Lewis, he said to me, “One time, at many parts of the American South, [African Americans] had to pass a so-called literacy test [in order to vote]. On occasion a man was asked how many bubbles are in bar soap. On another occasion a man was asked the contents of jelly beans in a jar. [People] need to know that a few short years ago, in the state of Mississippi, only 6 percent of African Americans of voting age were registered to vote.”
That was the world Dr. King lived in, and it’s a world we need to get farther and farther away from. Janelle and others will make sure Dr. King is never forgotten.
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