A Dream To Twerk? The 10 Most Disgraceful Martin Luther King Jr. Party Flyers

By @TreyeGreen t.green@ibtimes.com on
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    The "Freedom 2 Twerk" event was eventually cancelled. Tumblr
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    People across the nation have expressed frustration over Dr. Kings image being used in the ads. Twitter/DJRichRatedR
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    Nicki Minaj and Dr. King? Quite the questionable match from the jump. Twitter/NandoGainz
    Obviously this flyer should have been shuffled into the "No" pile. Tumblr
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    Sadly, the madness didn't stop with this flyer. Twitter/GVHart
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    The MLK Weekend madness continues. Twitter/TheUndaLive
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    Dr. King's family has also spoken out about their frustration with the flyers. Twitter/RTParties
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    Not okay. Twitter/Taurisdigital
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    Hopefully this trend goes away. Twitter/Blowticious
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    Wrong in so many ways. Twitter/NewMoneyDixon
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Civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the fight for racial equality in America. But, over the past few years, a few misguided party promoters have attempted to rewrite King's legacy as a fight for a more basic cause -- foolishness. 

Ahead of this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a new crop of party flyers created nationwide waves of outrage. The offensive flyers, promoting parties held during the MLK holiday weekend, used the civil rights leader's likeness in a host of distasteful ways. 

And this year's most egregious advertisement might be the "Freedom 2 Twerk" event, held by a group of Michigan party promoters. As if it weren't enough that King's image was included on a promotion for the Mid-Michigan Teen Parties' ill-named event, they decided to up the ridiculousness by digitally adding the revered leader's face onto the photo of a man wearing an oversized gold chain and throwing up a hand sign. 

The flyer sparked a fresh round of debate on the inappropriateness of using King's likeness in such ads. Even the civil rights leader's daughter, Bernice King, spoke out about her disgust with the flyer she called both "appalling" and almost "embarrassing" in an interview with FOX 5 Atlanta.

"For me, as his daughter, it's like 'wow', I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life, and for it to come to this makes me sad,” King told the station.

Droves of people on Twitter and Facebook echoed her disappointment with the ads, taking to their social media accounts to express their own frustration. 

Unfortunately, this likely won't be the last time King's image will be misused in such a way. But, to hopefully lower the number of offenders during next year's MLK Weekend, we've gathered here 10 ways of how one should not advertise the next Martin Luther King Jr. Day party.    

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