Today we all have a nice long weekend thanks to the birthday of one Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many people just see it as a day off, others just don't seem to understand why we celebrate it. But Dr. King was a civil rights pioneer who still inspires many to this day.
National Archives Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
He inspires artists so much that they often use his words in their songs, either as a tribute to him or as a way to convey a certain message. In particular, his famous "I Have a Dream" speech has been sampled by 35 different musicians!
For the holiday, it seemed appropriate to listen to some of those songs and see what the musicians were trying to say in using Dr. King's words for their own purposes. Some of those songs aren't that great, unfortunately, but there are a lot of great ones that are fitting tributes to the man and his legacy, or at least don't abuse his words too much. These are some of those good ones.