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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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In a time where our country is more divided than united, this year’s honoring of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seems even more necessary than ever. After over 30 years of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts for racial equality, we still look to him today for words of wisdom, hope, and example. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will always be remembered for his nonviolent activism, even once faced with violence himself, and his unwavering bravery to stand up for what he believed in. Join us as we honor him on this day.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cities around the country are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in many ways. From volunteer opportunities to community events, there are many ways you can take part in this day of celebration and remembrance. To learn more about what your community is doing to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or to register your own event, head on over to nationalservice.gov/mlkday.
See how President Obama has celebrated MLK Day throughout his presidency in the video below!

For more event details and live updates on celebrations throughout the day, follow @MLKDay on Twitter.
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MLK Day Celebrates 30 Years of Remembrance

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we celebrate 30 years since MLK Day was observed for the first time on January 20th, 1986. We celebrate in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts for racial equality and the legacy he left behind.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a time when the hashtags “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” live and spark such controversy online and in the media, it is important for society to take a step back and reflect on the hardships this civil rights leader endured in his fight for equality amongst races and against racial segregation.
Known for his nonviolent activism and bravery to stand up for what he felt was right, MLK’s legacy is forever remembered and continuously recognized year after year.
Join Cliché Magazine as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. after 30 years of remembrance this MLK Day!
To find an event happening in your neighborhood, head over to MLKday.gov to search their seemingly endless list of activities, or follow them on Twitter @MLKday for news and updates all day long.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MLK Day Tribute in Alabama

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To pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and fellow actors from the Oscar-nominated film Selma marched with a large crowd in Alabama. Oyelowo, who played the iconic leader in Selma, spoke to the crowd about his admiration for Dr. King, Jr., and what it was like playing the role.
“I felt his pain. I felt his burden. I felt the love he had for his family,” Oyelowo said. “I only stepped into his shoes for a moment, but I asked myself, ‘How did he do it?'”

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Bernice King also spoke to the crowd about her father, and referenced the recent deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice. She pleaded to the crowd to take a stand against injustice, but to also remember her father’s words about practicing nonviolence.
“We cannot act unless we understand what Dr. King taught us,” Bernice King said. “He taught us that we still have a choice to make: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. I challenge you to work with us as we help this nation choose nonviolence.”
Common and John Legend also performed their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” at Sunday’s remembrance event.
“We are the ones that can change the world,” Common said. “It is up to us, and it takes all us — black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, whatever nationality or religious background. There is a certain togetherness that we’ve got to have.”
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Happy Birthday Trayvon Martin

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Today while I was on Twitter, I stumbled across a  heart-wrenching tweet from Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Today would’ve been Trayvon’s 19th birthday, and to commemorate, she tweeted a moving image of her son’s unforgettable face blending in with the American flag, with the words “Happy 19th Birthday Trayvon” written on the bottom of the photo. The Trayvon Martin case is one that enraged the nation, and opened the eyes of millions around the world who had turned a blind eye to issues such as racism and racial profiling. The case continues to resonate as thousands of supporters sent Fulton an outpouring of love via tweets and Instagram posts today. Students at the University of South Carolina honored Trayvon’s memory with a march against racial profiling.
It is important for us to remember that we are all human beings first and foremost. Although we may look different on the outside, our insides are more alike then we may think. In order to create some kind of change in the world we must first change ourselves. Happy Birthday Trayvon Martin. You are gone but will never ever be forgotten.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Your Community

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Today marks the national holiday that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and with it comes many events organized to celebrate his dream and his legacy. From charity organizations, fairs, concerts, and walks, there’s plenty of ways to take part in this national holiday by getting involved in your community and raising awareness for civil rights.
To find an event happening in your neighborhood, head over to MLKday.gov to search their seemingly endless list of activities, or follow them on Twitter @MLKday for news and updates all day long.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”
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