01/15/2015 12:27 am ET Updated Jan 16, 2015

11 Public Figures Share Their Inspiring Thoughts On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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It has been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to give his memorable “I Have A Dream” speech -- and still, the Civil Rights leader’s influential words of encouragement and promise still resonate with some of today’s activists and reflect many of the same social issues.

Today marks what would have been Dr. King’s 86th birthday -- to honor his life and remember his legacy, we decided to highlight a few inspiring quotes from public figures who reflected on important lessons they learned from MLK.

Public Figures Share Most Inspiring Thoughts On MLK