Stevie Wonder, who helped spearhead the campaign to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, took to social media to relay his thoughts on the lack of progress in the world:
“Dear Dr. King, I met you when I was 14 years of age. You were a true hero and you became an inspiration. I’ve been blessed to write songs of hope, love and motivation, many of them inspired by your life. More than any award I’ve ever received, I want you to know that I am thankful for how you influenced my place of love, which allowed me to try to push the needle of love and equality forward. It is painful to know that needle has not moved one iota. For 36 years, we’ve had a national holiday honoring your birthday and principles, yet you would not believe the lack of progress.”
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