Quote – In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – MLK
The nation pauses today to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I hope you have found time in your day for reflection of this meaning of this holiday.
Let’s not think of Martin Luther King as just a street we live on, a county we inhabit, or the name of a day we won’t receive any mail on. Let his words, his actions, and his legacy continue to inspire us not just today, but everyday, the entire year!
Dr. King’s life was prematurely ended by an assassin’s bullet on April 4th, 1968, although this was 2 years before I was born, I am aware of his amazing leadership, activism, and influence on our country, current life, and the world.
I often wonder what Dr. King would say if he were still around today looking at the current situation of our nation and the conflicts going on locally in our neighborhoods, throughout the world, and especially in the middle east.
Dr. King often preached about a better distribution of wealth, as well as peace and living in a warless world. He was a risk taker his entire life.
May we all strive to live each day, with a portion of his visionary leadership, and deep commitment to our passions and “dreams”.
So in honoring Dr. King, here are a few things about him that speak to his excellence and success:
- Dr. King received his BA in sociology from Morehouse College at age 19
- In 1955 – 1956 he led a successful effort to desegregate Montgomery, Alabama buses
- In 1964, King became the first black American to be honored as Time magazine’s Man of the year
- In 1965, King organized a mass march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that created national support for federal voting-rights legislation
- At the age of thirty-five Martin Luther King, jr. was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of 54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
- Delivered over 200,000 civil rights supporters, Kings “I have a dream” speech was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.
Looking at his life and accomplishments certainly makes me feel like I need to work harder to make this world a better place. I appreciate your thoughts, shares and comments.