It's important to remember, as our first black president leaves office, that a new president who promises racism, sexism and xenophobia moves in. And on Monday, a day to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most well-known civil rights leader in American history, Twitter did not forget that fact. Throughout the day, people posted dozens of MLK memes and tributes showing support for the leader and the legacy he left behind.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January, in an attempt to be close to his birthday, Jan. 15. This year, the day kicked off with a breakfast in his honor headed by a speech by close friend and civil rights ally Rep. John Lewis, who explained how King personally impacted his life:
Lewis gave the speech amidst heat between himself and the next president, but avoided going down that rabbit hole and instead steered toward a message of hope:
The powerful words — and the tributes posted online — were an echo of the message of the most famous civil rights leader this country has known.
Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate, Only Love Can Do That ...
"Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that" - Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDAY 🙏🙏🙏— . (@RealTentz) January 16, 2017
I've Been To The Mountaintop ...
I Have A Dream ...
The "Free At Last" Moment
Watch Martin Luther King Jr. deliver the iconic "free at last" line during his "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963 pic.twitter.com/1XLgGUBYit— TIME (@TIME) January 16, 2017
The Letter From Birmingham Jail
Accept Finite Disappointment, But Never Lose Infinite Hope
Senator Bernie Sanders tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. https://t.co/ubVo2ErSao— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 16, 2017
To honor Martin Luther King Jr. we must fight to carry out his bold vision. He saw the relationship between racism and economics and war. pic.twitter.com/izRzi65ln8— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 16, 2017
Freedom Is Never Voluntarily Given By The Oppressor
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 16, 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Amnesty International Tribute
Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an activist who used the power of words to lead a movement. Remember, you have this power too. pic.twitter.com/XeUyjLr3yP— AmnestyInternational (@amnestyusa) January 16, 2017
Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. https://t.co/au8gqORjAK— NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2017
Color Photos Tribute Of Dr. MLK Jr.
I Have Decided To Stick With Love ...
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) January 16, 2017
What Are You Doing For Others?
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) January 16, 2017
The Day We Become Silent
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/XaNhkwdRUe— Peter H. Reynolds (@peterhreynolds) January 16, 2017