Today we celebrate the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, who dedicated his life to activism & ending racism
Today, most schools and businesses are closed because it’s Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday that honors the man who devoted his life to the Civil Rights Movement, and stood for love and equality.
Here are some of our favorite quotes:
It’s so important not to treat today like just another day off. MLK’s legacy should inspire you to make a difference in your community, and use your voice any time you see injustice or ignorance around you. Your voice is powerful – and knowledge is powerful.
Here are 10 incredible films that you can watch today to gain knowledge and be inspired by MLK’s legacy.
1. If you can get out to a movie theater, go see “Hidden Figures,” which has been the #1 movie in the country for the past two weeks!
2. If Netflix is your go-to, Ava DuVernay’s documentary, “13TH,” is a must-watch:
3. “The Butler” (directed by “Empire” creator Lee Daniels) is on Netflix, too:
4. Ava Duvernay’s feature film “Selma” is streaming on Hulu:
5. There are also some full-length movies you can watch right on YouTube. Like “Freedom Riders,” which tells the story of civil rights activists who rode interstate buses down south to protest that the government was not enforcing desegregation there:
6. “The Murder of Emmett Till” tells us the heartbreaking story of Emmett, a 14-year-old African-American boy who was murdered for allegedly flirting with a white cashier. An all-white jury acquitted his killers, who later admitted to the murders:
7. “The Rosa Parks Story” tells the story of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man, led to the Montgomery bus boycott:
8. “Ghosts of Ole Miss,” the ESPN doc that goes back to 1962, when the University of Mississippi was integrated:
9. “Our Friend, Martin” is an animated film about two friends who time travel & meet Dr. King at different times throughout his life:
10. And “Ruby Bridges,” which tells the story of Ruby, an African-American girl, who helped integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans: