Martin Luther King Jr. stands tall in our history books. The very tone of our nation turned on his commitment to the belief that all people are created equal. That the assumption of whites being a preferred race was flawed, and no man or woman should be treated as inferior due to the color of their skin. He pursued change through nonviolent protest, despite the violence waged against the African American people, and eventually expanded to protests against the Vietnam War and poverty among Americans of all races. His was a voice we needed in the world and a life cut far too short.
These are just a few things I’ve read about Martin Luther King Jr. over the weekend. Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments.
MLK was a middle child. Some of the characteristics of middle children include being independent thinkers and justice-seekers. They’re also highly empathetic and demonstrate leadership skills. These qualities served him (and our country) well indeed.
He went to Morehouse College. I was familiar with this renowned institution, but it wasn’t until this weekend that I realized how many distinguished citizens had walked its campus. Professors, college presidents, CEOs, mayors, congressmen, and U.S. Ambassadors are counted among Morehouse alumni.
MLK was living with his family in Montgomery, Alabama when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. He was chosen to lead the bus boycott when she was jailed for her actions and entered the spotlight as a proponent of organized, nonviolent resistance. MLK helped to found SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), a group committed to full equality for African Americans. The group’s motto was “Not one hair of one head of one person should be harmed.”
The March on Washington in 1963 was designed to shed light on injustices African Americans still experienced across the country. Last year T-man was honored to stand in the very same spot as MLK did when he delivered his I Have A Dream speech; even today his words reverberate with a generation that longs to be recognized for their character instead of skin color.
I hope we live to see the day.