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Martin Luther King Jr. Day means a lot for not only African Americans but people of color all over the country. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist and leader of the Civil Rights for the African American people. King grew up in a society in which black people had to go to a different school than the white people. Mr. King during all of his life passed by stress and he was assassinated  on April 4 of 1968 in Memphis Tennessee. Every year U.S. government and the entire society celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  with a commemoration on his birthday.

This year president Obama decided to do something different on his last Martin Luther King Jr. day as a president. He decided to paint a wall of Martin Luther King Jr. with the first lady Michelle Obama and other people. They painted Luther King Jr’s face on a family shelter.

People all around the country celebrated this day by remembering Luther King Jr., including celebrities who posted tweets remembering Luther King Jr’s legacy using the hashtag #IHaveADream and #MLKDay. There are some of those tweets:

  1. Lady Gaga (@LadyGaga) “ With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, #IHaveADream”
  2. Jennifer Lopez (@JLo)” This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. #IHaveADream”
  3. Vanessa Hudgens (@VanessaHudgens) “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. #MLK”
  4. Pharell Williams (@Pharell) “Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, #IHaveADream”, and many other public figures.

         In my own opinion being a person who has a different culture than the people here in the United States, I connect deeply with Martin Luther King Jr.’s message that everybody deserves to be equal and treated fairly. We all have different customs and traditions and we have to understand that we are different but we accept each other. Understanding that we all live in the world that has people who look different and have different thoughts but at the end we are all the same it doesn’t matter our language, skin color or religion.

For the African American people President Obama made also a big change when he became the first African American president of the U.S. and that was what Martin Luther King Jr. wanted in the past, he wanted to be equal as everyone, being treated as the white people and having the same rights as white people.


  1. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7655326/music-stars-celebrate-martin-luther-king-jr-day-on-social-media
  2. 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Day
  3. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/01/16/president-obama-paints-mural-at-d-c-family-shelter-on-his-last-mlk-day-in-office/