By Nadeska Alexis
At Sunday night's (January 15) Golden Globe Awards, actress Octavia Spencer gave a shout out to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during her acceptance speech. The Montgomery, Ala native took home an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her appearance in "The Help," and she gave thanks to MLK just in time for the national holiday that honors the civil rights legend.
"With regard to domestics in this country now and then, I think Dr. King said it best - all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,” Spencer said. “And I thank you for recognizing that with our film."
"The Help" is a drama set during the 1960s civil rights movement. An aspiring author details the experience of African-American maids, painting a realistic view of their struggles and giving viewers a glimpse of their thoughts on the white families they worked for.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and he died during an assassination on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee. King is honored as one of the most prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, delivering his infamous “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.