Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered by Hollywood

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In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16, actors, actresses, athletes and other entertainers honored the memory of the slain civil right leader by posting tweets and messages on the web.

The national day of service honoring King, who was murdered 1968, falls on the third Monday of January, close to King’s Jan. 15 birthday.

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Comedian Chris Tucker wrote on Twitter, “Today is the day that we honor Dr. Martin Luther King on his national holiday. Let us remember the man, the motive, and the mission. We must never forget the sacrifices of those who came before us. GOD BLESS!!”

Glee star Amber Riley also wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter. “Thank you Martin Luther King Jr, you struggled so my fight would be easier. I wish you were living to see all we have accomplished,” she wrote.

Actress Melissa Joan Hart asked her readers to take pause on Monday. “Take a moment to research Martin Luther King, Jr and understand why this man is justly recognized. We all need more peace in our lives,” she wrote.

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Many entertainers used King’s own quotes to remember him. NBC Today host Ann Curry wrote, “’We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.’-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs also quoted the late civil rights leader, writing: “Darkness cant drive out darkness-only light can do that. Hate cant drive out hate-only love can do that-Martin Luther King Jr Happy MLK Day”

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“’At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.’ - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Happy MLK Day. Stay blessed,” wrote Mike Tyson.

One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush also tweeted out a quote, writing, “Happy #MLK Day. What a gift his words were, and still are. ‘The time is always right to do the right thing’ ― Martin Luther King Jr.”

“He fought 4 equality & righteousness.. He single handedly challenged a cultural pattern that refused change & got us closer to unity = #MLK” wrote actor Wilmer Valderrama.

Musician Lenny Kravitz, who will appear in The Hunger Games, wrote, “Let's keep MLK's universal dream moving forward. Let love rule. “

Comedian Steve Harvey added, “MLK.... Mercy Love. Kindness --- Remember that!”

Joan Rivers’ comment on Twitter injected a bit of her signature humor: “Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I too have a dream – that science finds a cure for liver spots!”

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