Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Killer Mike urges Americans to continue Martin Luther King, Jr.’s revolutionary legacy

Since it was first celebrated in 1986, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been a time to reflect on the legacy of the iconic civil rights activist. And in a new essay published on MLK Day 2015, hip-hop artist Killer Mike urges Americans to dig past surface level depictions of King as merely a peaceful icon. “He was not a flower-giving, other-cheek-turning sucker,” Mike writes, “He was a fiery preacher, returning from the mountaintop with a message that would turn the world as people knew it on its ear. Like his messiah Jesus Christ, he was a revolutionary.”

Mike—who is vocal about discussing racial inequality—speaks to King’s untimely death at the age of 39 (King would have been 86 this year had he not been assassinated). He also notes that King’s mission extended beyond the battle against racism to also fight against “poverty, pain, prison, and …

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