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Social Media Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS - Keisha Wray

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2020 saw racism raise its ugly head once again. The death of George Floyd led to massive protest not only in the United States, but across the globe. Today marks the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the world took to social media to celebrate the civil rights activist icon.

Celebrities jumped online to show their support and love to the man who helped to pave the way for them to be able to achieve greatness in a world that isn’t always equitable, much less back in his time period.

In the 1960’s, there wasn’t any social media and the men and women of the time needed to do the groundwork to get their message across. Celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul Jabbar would use their celebrity status to bring awareness through mediums such as television.

These men set the blueprint for what we saw in 2020 and present day in 2021 with celebrities using their platforms to help fight injustices in the world. The George Floyd incident was a prime example how social media has changed society in terms of spreading word across the world in a quick fashion with tweets, instagram posts, and youtube videos.

The celebrities have not forgotten the birthday of the iconic figure and they have jumped online to celebrate the life and times of one of the figureheads of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. People have also taken to their social media accounts to give a special thank you and birthday shout out to Dr. King.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr would have been 92 years old today. Check out the posts below.