This week, the U.S. paid reverence to Martin Luther King Jr. So much of us owe the betterment of our lives to the man that sought a better future for his children and the world. And yet, he was assassinated for simply wanting something better for this nation. As a minority, I hold a special place in my heart for this man. Without him, I think this world would be a different place and the opportunities I’ve had over years wouldn’t have existed.
I stumbled onto a post from SocialTimes.com that had a video with one of King’s speeches auto-tuned. At first, without even hearing it, I was a bit unnerved by the thought of Martin Luther King being transformed into a kind of T-Pain. They are NOT equal.
But when I actually clicked on the video and watched it, I realized that this paid homage to the man and it was done respectfully. MLK Day is necessary as an annual reminder of what this nation went through to keep it’s “Every man is equal” mantra in check, something the nation hasn’t been very good at and continues to struggle with. To truly absorb what King represented and yearned for all us, we must remember his words and actions every day and not just once a year. Maintaining civility is a daily struggle; the atrocity that occurred in Arizona serving as a brutal reminder.
The Gregory Brothers, aka Schmoyoho, is responsible for the video, “Martin Luther King, Jr. Sings in Memphis”. The brothers used Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final speech in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated, and transformed it into a musical number using auto-tune. King sings his famous words, “Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination.”
Let us know what you think about the video.