We know you’ve been all about that bass *and* that new Mark Ronson album, but it’s time to turn down the “Uptown Funk” and turn up something a bit more enriching for your lunch break or commute home tonight on MLK Day.


To honor the civil rights leader, Spotify created a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day playlist that features a mix of music and speeches. Did we hear you complaining that you’re at work today? Well, hush, grab those headphones and listen to the inspiring sounds of artists — from Nina Simone to Bob Dylan to Common — continuing the fight lyrically, along with MLK Jr.’s greatest speeches of all time. We told you this was well worth pausing Bruno Mars for.


While you’re downloading some Dr. King, head on over to check out Google’s Doodle if you haven’t already. The beautiful illustration comes from Boston artist Ekua Holmes, who had no idea what a Google Doodle was when the team reached out to her. According to the Boston Globe, the painter and collage artist layers newspaper, photos, fabric and other materials for her beautiful work, which we’d love to see in person — stop by Brit + Co SF next time you’re on this coast, Ekua!

Click through to read the best of the best of what’s happening on the web today in honor and remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. To name a few that have us buzzing right now…

MTV is airing 12 hours of programming in black and white to inspire conversations about racial disparities in the US.

NPR asked: “What does Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy look like to a 5-year-old?”

Medium posted a gripping photo essay of Black Lives Matter demonstrations from LA to NY.


What are you up to this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Our Twitter and Facebook feeds are rich with thought-provoking articles and discussions on this important day — share yours below!

(h/t @Baratunde for Spotify + photo via Reg Lancaster, Hulton Archive/Getty)