Morgan Freeman will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day tomorrow with a series of 12 videos that will start playing hourly on Freeman’s Instagram page at 8 a.m. EST. Each video is reminiscent of Dr. King’s words, most of which have a lot to say about living through tough times today, as they did when he spoke them in the ’60s.
Freeman recounts each video, which takes place against the backdrop of Capitol Hill landmarks at the Edmund Pettis Bridge, where Dr. King led the Selma Alabama march in which protesters were brutally attacked by police. The shocking television footage became a flashpoint for the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
“All over the world, we have seen many acts of selflessness,” Freeman said. “Neighbors, friends and even strangers are working together to heal our world. In these difficult times, we must remember and uplift the good. By rising above violence. Today is not an ordinary day Today is about a man who had a dream And who had the voice to speak the truth To a whole country Even if there was opposition And it was unbelievably unpopular It rocked an entire nation And paved the way for equality and justice It paid for that dream. And it cost her his life So we must never forget it Today we must remember To keep the dream alive So be kind Show love to each other Help us to pave the way for equality and equality justice. Because through it we remember Dr Martin Luther King Jr. ”