Video Flashback: Michael Reads From Dr. King’s Strength To Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” – MLK Jr. (1963)


On this day in which we remember and honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we wanted to share this video of Michael reading selections from Dr. King’s 1963 book Strength To Love.


The video is taken from the 2002 R.E.M. Fan Club Holiday package. That year the band recorded two singles that were included on the Christmas CD: Big Star’s “Jesus Christ” and Badfinger’s “No Matter What.” The CD doubled as CD-ROM featuring the video of Michael reading the passages from Dr. King’s book.