On April 4th, 1968 at 7:05 p.m. central time, Dr. King’s life was cut tragically short. 50 years later a need for his dream to be fulfilled is far greater than ever.
Share your dream & post your own #DreamStillLives video. Spread love…spread hope. pic.twitter.com/51BaCW78GC
— Stevie Wonder (@StevieWonder) April 5, 2018
Stevie Wonder joined Twitter in January 2015 but waited for a pivotal historical anniversary to make any noise on the platform. In recognizance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wonder posted a video with more than 70 celebrities sharing their dreams.
“On April 4th, 1968 at 7:05 p.m. central time, Dr. King’s life was cut tragically short,” he wrote in the tweet accompanying the video, which was posted at the exact time King was killed. “50 years later a need for his dream to be fulfilled is far greater than ever.
Share your dream & post your own #DreamStillLives video. Spread love…spread hope.”
Wonder, whose song “Happy Birthday” was inspired by his and Coretta Scott King’s campaign to create a national holiday for the civil rights icon, appeared first in the five-minute clip.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings and works have led me and the world to give peace a chance,” he says. “Although Dr. King left us 50 years ago his dream is still within all of us.”
Others who shared their dreams included former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who hoped “we recognize each other’s common humanity, and that we shape for our children peace, justice, and opportunity for all” and Common who dreams “all God’s children feel loved.”
Whoopi Goldberg dreams “that we don’t have to keep explaining to each other that we’re equal” and Sen. Kamala Harris wants to “build bridges, not walls.” Grand Slam champion Serena Williams says she wants “equal opportunities for everyone” while Samuel L. Jackson wants the time to come for “when we play the race card, it’s the human race card.”
Tiger Woods’ dream is “higher education for everyone” and Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wishes that “all children will have the chance to fulfill their God-given potential.” “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman also has a dream for youth, hoping they can “reach their full learning potential without the threat of gun violence.” His co-star, Lupita Nyong’o says she dreams “that the color of your skin and the money in your pocket doesn’t determine the value of your life.”
Additional stars included in the clip include Mary J. Blige, Jesse Jackson, Lionel Richie, SZA, Smokey Robinson, Yara Shahidi, Trevor Noah, Gayle King, Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx, Michael Strahan among others.