Country music singer-songwriter and talk-show host Kelly Clarkson took time out to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day in the U.S.
Clarkson used social media to express her thoughts on this day. MLK Day is recognized as a national holiday and a national day of service, which encourages all Americans to volunteer and help improving their communities.
She shares two pictures of King, one in a rather reflective moment and another from the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”
King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at that march on Aug. 28, 1963. In the speech, he calls for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.
On Monday, “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” which she hosts, took time out to honor King’s memory as well.
King, a minister and the leading voice in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.
His death was announced to a group of African-Americans by then-Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, in Indianapolis, Ind. Kennedy delivered the improvised speech as he visited what was known at the time as the city’s African-American ghetto.
Just two months later, Kennedy himself was assassinated at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.
Kelly Clarkson Opens Up About ‘American Idol’ Days
Kelly Clarkson is known for her happy, upbeat personality. That doesn’t mean, however, that she hasn’t faced difficult times.
She opened up about one of them during the Jan. 14, 2021, episode of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
During a conversation with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, Clarkson recalled being at an awards show and meeting Hewitt. Clarkson was appearing on the first season of “American Idol” at the time.
“You probably don’t remember this, but it stuck with me so long, like for almost 20 years now … it was at some kind of MTV Awards or VMA [Awards], I don’t know what it was,” Clarkson said during the interview.”But you ran up to me and it was right when it was the final three of ‘Idol.’ We were just so slammed and everything was happening in a whirlwind.”
Justin Guarini and Nikki McKibbin, who passed away last year, were the other two finalists.
“People were really mean to us because we’re from a talent show and it was the first season,” Clarkson said recalling the awards show experience. “Like, everyone was so rude to us. Like, on the carpet, like at the show.”
“Why?” Hewitt asked.
“I don’t know. It was so bad,” Clarkson responded. “It was a horrible experience.”