Martin Luther King Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

13th January 2015

Quote: "I was at my table, I saw Meryl Streep across a crowded room, thinking, 'Oh my goodness, the greatest actress' - in my opinion - 'who has ever lived' and she beckoned me over. She said, 'You'. I walked over and she said, 'I have to talk to you... I saw your film last night' and she was eulogistic about it, she was very, very nice about me. I lost my cool a little bit, which I regret, but that was a great moment." British actor David Oyelowo was left speechless by the Hollywood veteran's praise for his portrayal of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma during the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (11Jan15).

11th December 2014

Quote: "We're in Toronto, it's snowing outside, I'm with one of my best friends in the whole world, David Oyelowo. We're very, very thrilled that the film was recognised, what a morning!" Selma director Ava DuVernay shared the excitement of the film's four Golden Globe Awards nominations with her leading man, David Oyelowo, who portrays late civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. onscreen.

28th August 2013

Quote: "If I were to take a picture of this crowd right now, people would see some of your faces and the movements that are starting today. This is your moment to join those silent heroes of the past, individuals who stood in the very spot where you stand today. You now have the responsibility to carry the torch as we gather here... as hundreds of thousands did on this day 50 years ago." Movie star Forest Whitaker delivers a stirring address as he marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic 'I have a dream...' civil rights speech, alongside stars including Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey and Hill Harper and civil rights leaders like Rev. AL Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

28th August 2013

Fact: Leann Rimes performed Amazing Grace in the rain as part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic civil rights speech in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (28Aug13). The country star sang the spiritual as a bystander held an umbrella over her head. Rimes joined African-American leaders and politicians at the National Mall for the day of speeches and performances.

18th March 2009

Fact: The speeches of Martin Luther King will be protected under a copyright deal with British record company EMI. Managers of the civil rights leader's estate have requested EMI staff charge for the use of infamous speeches on websites such as YouTube - and promote and sell them more effectively on iTunes.

21st October 2005

Quote: <p>"She could play Martin Luther King and be convincing." Woody Harrelson is in awe of his North Country co-star Charlize Theron. </p>

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