The third Monday of each year is a special one in the U.S. as the whole country celebrates Martin Luther King Day. It gives honor to the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement who paved the way for racial equality, by fighting for it without the need for violence.

Just like most Americans, NBA players also have a special place in their hearts for the Nobel Peace Prize winner. They continue to share their thoughts about the celebration of MLK Day, as they try to follow in his footsteps to raise awareness and promote equality. They have done it mostly on their social media accounts by using their status, reaching millions of people around the world.

Cleveland Cavaliers teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, as well as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony have been three of the most vocal athletes who are outspoken about different social issues.

They once again took to their Twitter accounts to let everyone know how much Martin Luther King Jr. means to them.

Players from around the league, both from past and present, have also followed suit and posted their thoughts about MLK Day on their Twitter accounts, including Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris and NBA legend Scottie Pippen.

More messages and posts on social media are expected to be made by NBA players, coaches and executives. Athletes from other sports will also make their thoughts known publicly just like they did in years past.

This only goes to show the impact MLK has made to millions of lives, regardless of stature and social standing. His words will continue to echo for a very long time, as evidenced by how he is honored not just by athletes but by citizens of the world, and his legacy will live on forever.