Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do you ever stop to think what might have happened in the United States in the 60’s and beyond  had it not been for Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership and commitment to nonviolence?  I know I do, and for this reason, as his birthday approaches,  I’d like to share a few facts and thoughts about this man as I pause to honor his memory.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream.

He was a precocious child and smart enough to skip several grades in school.

He was raised in a strong Christian family and was supported by his personal faith throughout his life. King saw himself as God’s instrument.

His family instilled pride in him despite the treatment of Blacks in the South at that time.

He had a strong sense of justice and a belief in the brotherhood of man.

During graduate school, he studied the teachings of Gandhi and embraced them wholeheartedly. These teachings of nonviolence informed King’s practice throughout the racial turbulence of the time.

He was an effective leader who worked tirelessly for human rights.

His sermons and speeches were moving,  convincing, and memorable.

His speech delivery had a  unique cadence and  resonance.

The German philosopher, Hegel, developed a concept of “Zeitgeist,” the Spirit of the Age. Hegel felt that a man such as King had insights into the requirements of the time and what was ripe for development.  However, he felt the individual had little awareness of the scope of the movement he generated. He did what he felt he must do.

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream.

 

© Dorothy C. Judd

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