Hip hop took to social media to honor Martin Luther King.
Martin Luther King can be seen as a proto-rapper, a Baptist minister who spoke with so much passion and eloquence that he had audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands hanging onto his every word.
But that is not why King is beloved in the hip hop community (and beyond). He used nonviolent protest to fight on behalf of the marginalized black community. King was a true man of the people.
Run the Jewels MC and part-time political activist Killer Mike encouraged people to honor King by voting for the presidential candidate who most embodies King's political beliefs. "Black Folks y'all already know a democratic socialist," he wrote. "His name was King. Vote the person who mirrors his policy." Wonder who he's talking about?
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Today is not just a day off from work! RIP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If you have no knowledge of this great leader who died fighting for our ( people of color ) equality , rights and freedom, then you should be declared brain dead! Do your research on him the same way you do research on what new bag is out, when the new Jordan's are coming out or what party is going to be popping on the weekend! 💥