How hip-hop celebrated MLK holiday

How hip-hop celebrated MLK holiday

In 1986 Hip Hop came together to create a tribute song to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  and that song  also included: King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew.  Also starring El DeBarge, Fat Boys, Full Force, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Stacy Lattisaw, Lisa Lisa, Teena Marie, Menudo, Stephanie Mills, New Edition, Run-D.M.C., James “J.T.” Taylor and Whodini. The song peeked at # 30 on Billboard Hot Black Singles chart and the proceeds went to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

See the video for King Holiday by Legends in Hip Hop here


Let ‘s look at those timeless  lyrics:

Once a year we celebrate
Washington and Lincoln on their birthdates
And now a third name is added to the list
A man of peace, “Drum Major for justice”
Now every January on the third Monday
We pay homage to the man who paved the way
For Freedom, Justice and Equality
To make the world a better place for you and me
It’s a holiday! It’s a gathering!
For the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King!


Chorus:
Dr. King tried to love somebody
Do you wanna love somebody?
For his sake put your hate away, take a day…
Take a day to love somebody
Don’t play on the Holiday, work to find a better way
Everybody love somebody
Everybody sing for Martin Luther King
Let freedom ring for Martin Luther King!

Holiday! Holiday! King Holiday!
Not a day just for some
It’s a day for everyone
He had a dream now it’s up to you
He had a dream now it’s up to you
To see it through, To make it come true!

Who do we thank for teaching us
That we all have the strength to love?
we thank the Prince of Non-Violence for
showing um the way

How do we show the children of today?
How do live together at one?
We’ll sing of a King
And his words will light all of our tomorrows

Chorus

Listen children of today
Don’t think love has gone away
It’s in your hearts and minds
How long?
Not long?
New day will shine, if we just take the chance
His love will glow
Open up the windows!

Let the hero shine
Every day in your life
Yours and mine
Everybody shine
Let it shine, let it shine
For the future generation, Dr. King’s medication
For successful operation, is peace for every nation!

Sing! Celebrate!
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!
For a King Celebrate!
Sing! Sing! Celebrate!

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