This year, in the wake of a daunting presidential election and result, Martin Luther King, Jr., and his incredible legacy is especially relevant. People from all over the country have taken to social media to share what King and his message of equality means to them. In the same vein, as a celebration of MLK Day 2017, 15 celebrities tweeted lines from King's "I Have A Dream" speech in a beautiful show of solidarity. And this news, courtesy of Twitter, is just the inspiration needed in this day and the days that lie ahead for our country.
Using the hashtag #IHaveADream, stars including Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, and Oprah all collaborated to tweet out a portion of King's legendary speech, which he famously delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom from the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. King's rousing speech is a defining moment of the American Civil Rights movement and, overall, one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century.
The moment might have been missed if you don't follow all of these celebs, but when putting the tweets in succession, it's a wonderful show of solidarity, considering many of these public figures have been very vocal and active throughout the election year.
The tribute was begun by Chance The Rapper, who typed in "#IHaveADream today!" which was a line toward the ending of the speech, followed by Shonda Rhimes and so on.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted #IHaveADream— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 16, 2017
and every hill and mountain shall be made low, #IHaveADream— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) January 16, 2017
the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight #IHaveADream— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) January 16, 2017
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."" #IHaveADream— COMMON (@common) January 16, 2017
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. #IHaveADream— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) January 16, 2017
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. #IHaveADream— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 16, 2017
With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. #IHaveADream— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) January 16, 2017
With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, #IHaveADream— xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) January 16, 2017
to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, #IHaveADream— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) January 16, 2017
knowing that we will be free one day. #IHaveADream— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 16, 2017
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: #IHaveADream— Sean Diddy Combs (@diddy) January 16, 2017
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. #IHaveADream— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) January 16, 2017
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, #IHaveADream— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 16, 2017
In these times, it's important to reflect and remember the words spoken by a man who changed history for millions of American citizens. And it is up to us all to keep the message alive.