Martin Luther King Jr. Day helps us remember all the effects scholars, ministers, and civil rights leaders where maintained a vision for a more diverse America where all people enjoyed the benefits of equality. During a time when the opposition implemented legislation that withheld rights from people of color and expressed hatred through beatings and killings, MLK Jr. continued to take the high road.
MLK has left a mark which is both unforgettable and memorable at the same time. Who can forget his famous, ‘I have a dream’ speech which taught millions of people that dreams are like life’s own elixir to keep us alive and give us hope with faith, patience, sacrifice, and belief.
The right to vote, to right for free speech, including a fair and equal treatment is one lesson that MLK has taught America. He lived and taught active non-violence until the day his life ended. His principles of non-violence churned a path to social change that still holds true to this day.
He believed that believed that as human beings, we have the potential to live our lives in such a way that we leave a mark in this world, leaving a legacy worthy of others setting a good example for society. MLK once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” According to his methodology, the ends are already present in the means; the seeds of a peaceful outcome can be found in our peaceful means.
If there’s something that mankind should also take importance, is that empathy is a piece worth more than a gold piece. MLK demonstrated great empathy for his fellow African Americans during his time. He believed all citizens should have the same rights and pushed for desegregation.
He held true to his faith, and to his core way of thinking/basic truth/rule that, love will conquer hate, no matter what. Knowing the important and value of servitude, which is making others live a better is one lesson that should never be forgotten.
MLK was not a perfect man to begin with as he has shared life’s ups and downs, being jailed for more than 20 times and endured challenges in life. But with time and patience, he influenced the leaders of the opposition and signed major agreements.
MLK also understood the impact of unifying the masses in the push for one common goal. He, and other civil rights activists could affect policies and influence change nationwide. His leadership contributed to the overall success of the civil rights movement in the mid-1900s and continues to impact civil rights movements in the present.