Yesha Callahan

Watch Anika Noni Rose, Chris Rock, Octavia Spencer, Tessa Thompson, and More Celebrate #MLKNow

Blackout for Human Rights, a collective of Black filmmakers, musicians and artists is hosting the first annual “MLK Now” event today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

The event, happening in Harlem, promises to be a powerful affair that celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and “explores how his message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social and political landscape. ”

“MLK Now” will feature a superstar lineup of actors, director, and activists, including Harry Belafonte,  Chris Rock, Octavia Spencer, Anika Noni Rose, Michael B. Jordan, India Arie, Tessa Thompson, Ryan Coogler, and more.

For those who cannot attend the event, “MLK Now” organizers have partnered with VICE to offer a livestream.

The program begins at 3pm EST. Watch below.

  1. January 19, 2016 - Reply

    It is always great for musicians, actors, actresses, etc. to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many other Brothers and Sisters who sacrificed their lives for the cause of black liberation. Dr. King always promote social activism and service for the human race. That is why it is always important to advance altruism and volunteering that can enrich the lives of others, especially of the poor. Treating our neighbors as ourselves is one universal principle that we not only believe in, but we follow in our daily lives. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opposed militarism, materialism, and racism. He wanted to end poverty in the world and he believed in social justice. Also, he condemned police brutality in his speeches from the I Have a Dream speech in 1963 to his other speeches. Later on, he became more revolutionary and radical in condemning war and criticizing capitalism. He wanted his Poor Peoples Campaign to be successful. His more radical positions have been criticized by many people before he passed. Today, we are inspired by Dr. King’s principles and we desire racial, social, and economic justice for all. We are black and we are beautiful.

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