MLK Day 2018: Common, Ava DuVernay, Ice-T, Maxwell & Other Celebs Praise Civil Rights Icon's Legacy

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Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech. 

For many around the nation Monday (Jan. 15) was a day of reflection, action and marching in the streets to recall and celebrate the legacy of civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The national holiday might also serve as a time to remember King's message of reconciliation and understanding, especially in light of the latest racially charged comments attributed to Pres. Trump, who just days before reportedly referred to people from Haiti and some Central American and African nations as coming from "shithole countries."

While Trump defended himself on Sunday (Jan. 14) by telling reporters "I am not a racist," the international fallout and widespread condemnation for the latest racial provocation from the president was a further reminder that the work started by Dr. King six decades ago is not yet complete.

In celebration of King's legacy a number of prominent singers, directors, actors and civil rights figures including Common, Ava Du Vernay, Maxwell, Kirk Franklin and others took to Twitter to honor the national holiday.