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Stevie Wonder Marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Stevie Wonder called on fans to “honor the principle of peace and unity.”

In a four-minute video posted to Twitter on Monday (1.16,) the legendary singer/songwriter observed the American federal holiday by asking his followers to consider whether they’ve taken to heart the late civil rights activist’s teachings. 

The iconic musician (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins) explained how forty years back he and others were “marching in the cold and snowy streets of Washington, D.C.” before “peacefully entering the Capitol” to explore ways to reach across the aisle. Emphasizing the word “peacefully”, Wonder seemingly refers to the January 6, 2021 attack of the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of former U.S. president Donald Trump.

“Forty years, what have we done for the planet? How have we really helped each other? Where has poverty been eliminated, why are guns still protected, and why has hate been elevated?” “Truthfully, we’ve done very little in 40 years,” the 72-year-old argued. “Now it is time for us to grow the (f**k) up, and get out of our virtual delusions that sell murder, mayhem, terrorism, and hate… Dr King, I wish I could say you were here. But it feels like we did not deserve you then, and we’re not much better now.” “And people… I believe deep in my soul the universe is watching us – and she is p**sed. But will we fix it? I hope so.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983, fifteen years after the activist was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39.

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Author: Saul Goode

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