Martin Luther King, Jr Day was first celebrated as a national holiday on January 20, 1986. To mark the historic occasion, some of the biggest names in 80s music, including El DeBarge, Whitney Houston, Run-DMC, New Edition, Kurtis Blow, and Melle Mel got together and recorded “King Holiday.” All proceeds from the single were donated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. From USA For Africa to Band Aid to Artists United Against Apartheid, the 80s was a time of big names coming together for great causes and King Dream Chorus created another one of those classics. It would be pretty neat to see who would get together and do something like this today.
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The March On Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech” Happened 50 Years Ago Today [26 HQ Photos + Video]
The Great March on Washington was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, August 28, 1963 – 50 years ago today. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony during the march and it is still considered to be, arguably, the greatest speech in American history for helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).
Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. We all know bits and pieces about Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s life but today, on his 84th birthday, read his Wikipedia to learn more about one of the most interesting figures in history. To celebrate this great icon we’ve pulled together 50 rare and iconic photos. Keep in mind, some of the photos toward the end might be considered graphic but they are a wildly important piece of history and must be included.