On this day, January 20th, 2014 we remember and celebrate the birth, life, and achievements of one history’s most prominent icons for social, human, and economic equality, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflect on the sacrifices he made for the black community as he orchestrated paths to awareness through doctrines of peaceful and nonviolent resurgences against social prejudices, bigotry, and racism.

January 2026January 2025We also recognize him for his outstanding style. He understood the importance of style and appearance played in the quest for respect. It is said that dressing well was mandatory in his era which meant custom made shits, suits, and shined leather dress shoes as the standard business attire.

If Dr. King had conducted his affairs, and appeared on podiums and pulpits in sneakers T-shirts and jeans two sizes to big, unkempt and unshaven, those are the things he would have been known for if he would have been known at all. Dr. King’s wardrobe was mainly one of fine pressed shirts with French Cuffs, well fitted suits, and perfect length ties and polished capped toe shoes.

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On MLK Day, President Obama had this to say “Dr. King taught us that ‘an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.’ In honor of this spirit, Americans across the country will come together for a day of service. By volunteering our time and energy, we can build stronger, healthier, more resilient communities. Today, let us put aside our narrow ambitions, lift up one another, and march a little closer to the nation Dr. King envisioned.”

Here’s a quote that forever rings true made by the Late Martin Luther King Jnr, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

 

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