Almost forty-four years after his assassination, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is alive and well. As we celebrate a national holiday in his honor, and reflect on America's first black president, there can be no doubt of that fact.

Those who hunger for knowledge should know that the King Center Archive went live today, making over 200,000 rare King documents available online for the first time. That's a great way to learn more about the legendary Civil Rights leader—if you're into that sort of thing.

But if you ask us, the best way to judge how your average young American feels about MLK is to listen to some hip-hop. And not just because—like many great preachers—Dr. King was a dope MC who knew how to "move the crowd."

Dr. King must be one of the most name-dropped figures in rap. Plus if you listen closely, you can hear the hip-hop generation trying to follow in his footsteps, even as they struggle with certain aspects of his thinking, particularly his non-violent stance.

Some of these lyrics are thought-provoking; others may make you shake your head. But all of them prove two things beyond a shadow of a doubt: MLK continues to inspire, and after all these years, hip-hop is still down with the King. 

Written by Lucas Wisenthal (@LucasWisenthal)

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