In honor of MLK Day, here are 5 Things I Admire about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- His resistance to retaliation in the face of adversity. I believe it is incredible — that he and many others during the Civil Rights era — did not fight back while being sprayed with hoses and run down with police dogs.
- He was an eloquent speaker. I know everyone always thinks of his “I Have a Dream” speech, but he also spoke in churches and other meetings. His ability to eloquently articulate his thoughts and ideas is a talent many successful leaders wish to acquire.
- His ability to unite people from all walks of life. When I was first learning about his “I Have a Dream” speech on the National Mall, I was amazed at the vast number of people that showed up to hear him. Even more, I was amazed to see individuals from all ethnicities, ages, and walks of life listening to him…wanting to help the movement.
- He had a major positive impact on society while he was alive and even now, 50 years after his death. I mean he has his own nationally recognized holiday. But seriously, he paved the way for new leaders to rise up and for equality; he also wasn’t afraid to challenge the status quo. And while we still have a long way to go in this country, we honor him (and his family) for their sacrifices in striving for a better nation.
- He never stopped fighting for what he believed in. He would organize peaceful demonstrations (ex: sit-ins, marches, etc.), be arrested, be released after some time, and then would be back in the streets fighting for the rights of his people. In total, he was arrested around 30 times.
Thanks for reading! If you’re ever in Memphis, Tennessee, make sure to check out the National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is in close proximity to the Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
For nostalgic purposes, I will leave you with a link to Our Friend, Martin.