Updated: Jan 17, 2022
"If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change. Start with the man in the mirror. Start with yourself. Don’t be looking at all the other things. Start with you. That’s the truth. That’s what Martin Luther King meant and Gandhi too. That’s what I believe." ~ Michael Jackson (excerpt from MJ's autobiography, "Moonwalk.")
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was an inspiration to Michael. Many times Michael cited the great civil rights leader in his work—such as including an excerpt of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech on his song titled, HIStory—and his mention of Dr. King in his still relevant socially conscious piece: "They Don't Care About s."
(Peep the 2020 revised version of the short-film, "They Don't Care About Us," directed by the iconic Spike Lee (director of both the original 1996 Brazil and Prison versions): https://youtu.be/PoEa9bzeTu0
The more you know: Mr. Michael Jackson was a well-read man who owned 21 books on civil rights and black history. Titles included biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X. (The information about MJs book collection and titles is via Julian's auction.)