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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ryan Coogler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Common, John David Washington, Jemele Hill and others Pay Tribute to MLK Jr.

On Monday, January 21, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, BLACK PANTHER Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Journalist/Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Artist/Activist Common, BLACKKKLANSMAN STAR John David Washington, Award-Winning Journalist Jemele Hill and many more came together for the fourth annual MLK Now event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Now, one of the largest MLK celebrations in the country, again took place at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem, where Dr. King gave his famous speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” in 1967. Hosted by Blackout for Human Rights, MLK Now 2019 was presented with Color of Change and Faith In Action serving as sponsors.

MLK Now is centered around inspiring others to make a difference in their communities and reclaiming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy from the sanitized version we see and hear today. The day is also about using the power of art to spark dialogue around the issues that matter most.

MLK Now 2019 included live performances of historic letters by Common,Washington, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK CO-STAR Colman Domingo, and more; a special conversation with Coates and Ocasio-Cortez; a panel on athletes and activism, moderated by Hill; a voting rights panel with President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Desmond Meade; and live musical performances by Award-Winning Artists Raheem DeVaughn, V. Bozeman, Renee Neufville, K-Ci, Samora Pinderhughes and others. See images from the day, along with originally curated artwork for MLK Now 2019 by artist Victoria Case

Colman Domingo and Ebony Obsidian Recite Letters Between Nelson and Winnie Mandela

If Beale Street Could Talk's Colman Domingo and Ebony Obsidian recite letters between Nelson and Winnie Mandela at MLK Now 2019

Posted by Blackout for Human Rights on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
MLK Now 2019: Ta-Nehisi Coates In Conversation With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

#MLKNow: Watch Award Winning Author Ta-Nehisi Coates sit down with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a special conversation at our MLK Now 2019 event.

Posted by Blackout for Human Rights on Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Common Recites Frederick Douglass' Letter 'To My Old Master'

Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award Winning Artist Common recites Frederick Douglass' letter 'To My Old Master' during MLK Now 2019

Posted by Blackout for Human Rights on Wednesday, January 23, 2019