Pharrell Williams, Common, Major Lazer & More Celebrate MLK Day

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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. 

Musical artists around the globe are celebrating the birthday and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. today (Jan. 21). The civil rights leader, who would've been 90, was born on Jan. 15, 1929.

Artists including Pharrell Williams, Common, Major Lazer, Marc Anthony and many more took to social media on Monday to honor the life and lasting impact of Dr. King's humanitarian efforts.

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity," Common tweeted, quoting the late civil rights leader.

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He was 39.

Read more Twitter and Instagram tributes to MLK below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Happy MLK!!!

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Dr. King’s message lives forever

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When i was a little girl, rarely my birthday would fall on MLK day, and when it would, like it does today, I would feel lucky, most special, not a little girl, not even human, I felt like the clouds and the sky and sea with its sea life and those forests with deserts all flora and fauna... a little girl sitting down by the brook, listening to the babbling cool water flowing with the wind churning symphonies over the moss stuck rocks and whistling leaves heaving dancing light shadows of sap and hung tobacco... warm smiles to myself... a part of something bigger than me, something true, something explained without name, something with so much love inside you could burst at the seams from joy and purpose. Concise for a day. This man was my hero throughout my childhood. Running from home to home, school to school, guardianship to guardianship, throughout the Bible Belt, in school- when I was asked to write about a hero, whatever age, whatever class, whatever town, I always wrote my reports about Mr. King. Twice, I moved three times in one year. Those two years alone, I wrote six essays on the man who was born three blocks from where I born in Atlanta, GA. I wonder how many I have written? Yes it’s my birthday, but only because I share it with MLK day, does it feel in my blood how sincerely it means something, to me, to so many. Thank you for all the bday wishes-- I am so lucky, thankful, happy to be here.

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