Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. should not only be honored on a holiday, but he should also be celebrated every other day during the year. In an effort to continue the conversation regarding Dr. King Jr.'s work, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors and curator Noni Limar have partnered to create the "MLK Artist" series. Through the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Black artists around the world will be honored for their work, leadership, impact and commitment to social justice.
“This MLK day BLMGNF is centering life, love, joy, rest, and pleasure,” Cullors said.
“We will not allow white supremacists violence to deter us from the dignity and humanity of Black life. Every artist in this series was handpicked because each of them center love as part of their work. We know MLK believed in love as the center of his work and at the center of the civil rights movement. Join us in honoring his legacy through this beautiful and transformative artist series.”
Throughout the series, artists will be recognized on the network's website and Instagram account. Thus far, Melanie Charles, Rodney Diverlus, Nikki Blak, Christian Scott, Derrick Adams and Shania Simmons have been named as the artists involved with the series.
“We need a day to dream. A day to center life and leisure,” Limar said.
“We, who believe, like MLK did in the radical relentless pursuit of freedom, must also stop to dream, to be, to live.”
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