U2’s Bono Pays Tribute To ‘One Of The True Fathers Of The American Dream’, Martin Luther King Jr.
U2 lead vocalist Bono shared a post on his official Instagram page celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the cover of their song ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’ which was written about Martin Luther King, in addition to referring to King as ‘the true father of the American dream.’
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most noticeable spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his tragic assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and it is observed on the third Monday of January each year, close to King’s birthday which is January 15. The holiday’s origins go back to when cities such as St. Louis, Missouri, and other states established annual holidays to honor King back in 19971.
Pride (In the Name of Love) is a song by U2 which is the second track on the band’s 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire, and was released as its lead single in September 1984. The song was written about Martin Luther King Jr. and received mixed critical reviews at the time, but it was a major commercial success for U2 and has since become one of their most popular songs.
Recently, Bono shared the cover of the song which includes a picture of Martin Luther King on his official Instagram page celebrating the holiday dedicated to King by stating that Martin Luther King’s voice is currently louder than it has ever been. In addition to this, Bono referred to King as a ‘true father of the American dream.’
Here is what Bono said:
“‘Dr. King’s voice is louder today than it has ever been… one of the true fathers of the American dream’ Bono”
You can click here to see the Instagram post.