Martin Luther King Day: Kenneth Cole, Oprah and Others Sound Off On MLK’s Legacy

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Designers Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Ivanka Trump, Ralph Lauren and many more fashion figures spoke out via Twitter on Monday morning to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Cole tweeted a quote from MLK: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” The designer  has been very vocal in support of progressive social causes. He is known for using fashion as a medium to promote socially conscious marketing campaigns, helping to raise awareness about a variety of issues, from AIDS to equal rights.
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DVF spoke out on Twitter saying, “Remember Martin Luther King…his strength and compassion!” While Ivanka Trump tweeted a quote from Dr. King, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
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Other celebrities, including Kevin Hart, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde, also celebrated King’s legacy on this holiday by speaking out through social media.

On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey, along with the stars of “Selma” and hundreds of others, paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by marching in Selma, Ala., to Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights protesters were beaten and tear-gassed in 1965. Winfrey marched arm-in-arm with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay; actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed King in the movie; and rapper Common. “Every single person who was on that bridge is a hero,” Winfrey told the marchers before they walked up to the bridge. Common and John Legend then performed their Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from the film.

MTV is honoring MLK today by airing 12 hours of programming in black-and-white in an attempt to spark conversation about race with the anti-bias campaign #TheTalk. During every commercial, MTV will feature personal reflections on race from Kendrick Lamar, Common, Big Sean, DuVernay and Oyelowo.