Apple dedicated its website to Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday to mark the holiday that commemorates the late civil rights activist’s birthday. The Apple homepage features a large photo of King, as well as a quote from his 1967 speech at a Philadelphia high school.
“I believe that we can transform dark yesterdays of injustice into bright tomorrows of justice and humanity,” it reads.
Apple.com celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.
Apple rarely removes the fancy product pictures and promotional materials from its homepage. It usually happens only twice each year — once to mark the passing of co-founder Steve Jobs, and once to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
“Today and every day, we honor his life and legacy of service,” reads today’s full-page tribute to King, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for fighting racial inequality as the leader of the civil rights movement.
Here are some more snippets from that 1967 speech:
This is the most important and crucial period of your lives. For what you do now and what you decide now at this age may well determine which way your life shall go.
Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is: whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.
If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera, and sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: “Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”
Later Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook also honored King with a Twitter post:
Dr. King could paint a powerful vision in dark times, reminding us that we could “hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” May his words continue to inspire us to bind up our nation’s wounds and protect the civil rights of all who call it home. #MLKDay pic.twitter.com/VVhOnWfc25
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 17, 2022