Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 16, 2012
Not everyone in our country celebrates this day as a holiday, or this man as a leader. While studying leadership today I came across this definition of leadership:
"Being a real leader means learning who you are and what you stand for, and then having the courage to act."
 I think this exemplifies Martin Luther King very well.

He understood who he was as a man, but also as a representative of many people.

He understood what he stood for, what his followers needed and wanted-both from him and from their country.

And he had the courage to stand up and be a spokesperson for his followers. They knew he was speaking for them, speaking their own hopes and fears and dreams. But no one could speak as he did if he was not also speaking from his heart and soul, from his own pain - and the pain of those who came before him.

Would he like the world we are in today? Would he feel we had accomplished the goals of equality for everyone? Would he feel that we now have a symphony of brotherhood, that we stand for freedom together, that all children can sing 'my country 'tis of thee."? In light of how we have been treating immigrants in this country lately, I would say no.

If you haven't listened to his speech for a long time, you should.

For those who are still oppressed, for those who are trying to stand up for what they believe in at every occupy site in our country-whether you believe in them or not- let freedom ring!


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