Watch a 12-Year-Old Kanye West Recite a Poem for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kanye West performs at the 2014 Made In America Festival
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Kanye West performs on the Marilyn Stage during Day 2 of the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. 

Kim Kardashian gave the Internet a solid reminder of why it loves Kanye West Tuesday, posting a video showing her hip-hop icon husband in middle school passionately reciting a poem to Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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If the video -- which was uploaded to YouTube in 2012 -- is correct with its date, this footage is from 1990 and West would have been 12. In it, the young West reads a poem he wrote called "His Name Means Love." 

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Kardashian posted, saying she wished she had posted the minute-long clip the day earlier -- on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 


"A man who fought for freedom/ A man who fought for equality," West says in the video, following his introduction. "Those who were against him/ Were too blind to see/ What this man was fighting for/ So Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Asians could put their foot in the door/ Yes, we know that this man is great/ That's why today we celebrate/ Everyone lifts their voice and sing/ For a man who wanted freedom to ring / Martin Luther King is who I'm speaking of/ A man whose name means love."