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11 powerful moments from #MLKNOW

If you didn't have the pleasure of being in attendance or streaming #MLKNOW on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you missed out on one potent gathering that started our year off just right. Check out some of the top moments below.

1. Chris Rock read James Baldwin's 1963 "My Dungeon Shook."

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2. Harry Belafonte read Patrice Lumumba's "Proclamation of Congolese Independence" Speech.

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3. Michael B. Jordan performed Fred Hampton's "Power Anywhere There's People."

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4. Anika Noni Rose performs "Be Free", written by J. Cole

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5. Jussie Smollet sings a rendition of Billie Holiday's bone chilling classic, "Strange Fruit"

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6. Ryan Coogler accidentally reveals J. Cole's marriage to the world

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7. Adepero Oduyne read, and was overwhelmed by the words of Ida B. Wells' "This Awful Slaughter."

 

8. Bilal performed "All Matter" off of the album, "Airtight Revenge"

9. Actress, Condola Rashad powerfully performs Shirley Chisholm's "Presidential Campaign Announcement."

   

10. The panelist discussion was lit.

 

11. Octavia Spencer closed the event with Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Been to the Mountaintop."

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Watch the full #MLKNOW livestream below.

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