Soap Stars Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Instagram


Some of your favorite soap stars took to social media to honor the leadership, life, and legacy of an American icon. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fight for civil rights for African-Americans inspired them to post reminders of the fruits of his struggle and the need to continue it.

A Singular Figure in American History

No one has come to symbolize the struggle for equal rights for all Americans like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His commitment to nonviolent social action has inspired people for decades, and soap stars are no different.

A Tragic End to His Life, But Not His Vision

On this day set aside for reflecting on the dream of racial justice Dr. King spoke so eloquently of, soap stars took to Instagram to thank him. They also reminded us of why Americans must remain vigilant in seeing that all Americans share the same rights and liberties. Scroll down to see some of what daytime’s finest posted on the photo sharing site today. An assassin gunned down Dr. King, but he has continued to inspire fights for social justice.

African-American Concerns in Daytime

“One Life to Live” broke new ground upon its debut in 1968 with an interracial romance. Today, the notable element of Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) and Eric Forrester’s (Jacob Young) relationship is that Maya is transgendered, not that she is African-American and he is white. We’ve come a long way. But let’s keep our eyes on the prize and not rest until all Americans are free at last, as Dr. King said.

These words are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. Happy Birthday #MLK

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On this special day, Martin Luther King Day, remember that silence about things that matter is a killer. It kills the soul, the spirit and rights of people. It kills people outright. Now is not the time to be silent. Thomas Jefferson wrote and MLK fought his whose life for these inalienable rights. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” #mlk #mlkday #justice #equality #humanrights #civilrights #love #remember don’t #repeat

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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