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Life Of Martin Luther King Jr Is An Example

Life of Martin Luther King Jr Is An Example

Life Of Martin Luther King Jr Is An Example

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If you ever doubt that one person can make a difference, the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. as an example that we should never forget. Too often, we see a problem, an injustice, a need of any kind and feel we are helpless to do anything about it.

When confronted with a situation that needs a voice or action, we allow those feelings of helplessness and doubt to take over. We are besieged by questions like: Who am I? What can I do? Too often, we conclude we are powerless to do anything.

The life of Martin Luther King, Jr. is an example of how not to let those feelings of doubt and helplessness deter you. In the face of fear and constant threats of harm and death, Martin Luther King, Jr. refused to be deterred from his work to achieve racial and social justice.

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As we reflect on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., we should be inspired to become engaged and involved with whatever issues or conditions concern us. As we pause to commemorate the birthday of King, the only question is: Do we care as much as he did? This is a question we should ask ourselves every day, at every opportunity.

There is no greater force or power than that of the human will. We see it all around. We see it in extraordinary athletic achievements in sports. We see it in the awesome achievements of those with physical or mental disabilities.

And then, there are those who have achieved incredible gains for others who have suffered physical oppression, social inequality, economic and judicial injustices, across generations for centuries. The life of Martin Luther King, Jr. is an example of one of those giants.

It should be noted that King was a teenager when he became interested in getting rid of racial injustice in America. It was an interest that turned into a mission—a mission that he pursued during his entire short life, a mission that costs him his life. Had he not died at the hand of an assassin and lived, we would be celebrating his 91st birthday!

When he felt compelled to fight to improve the plight of the oppressed, he did not know all the things he would confront. But, during the days, weeks, months and years, he stayed the course despite constant obstacles, threats, persecution, and physical and emotional abuse.

The life of Martin Luther King, Jr. is an example, which shows if you care enough, are bold enough, courageous enough, and believe enough, you can make a difference.

As we pause to commemorate Dr. King, each of us can give serious thought about how we can apply our efforts to make things better wherever we can, as Martin Luther King, Jr. did.

Feature Photo Credit: Sviatlana Barchan

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Life Of Martin Luther King Jr Is An Example
Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis
Janice S. Ellis, PhD, is an award-winning author. Her book, From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major book sellers. She has written a column for newspapers, radio, and now online, where she analyzes educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. You can see her writings on this website.

30 Comments

  1. Sylvia says:

    I remember Martin Luther King for his I have a dream speech. It is the most touching and moving speech I have ever heard.

  2. Storm says:

    Martin was taken too soon from us. But even with the short life he lived the mark he left can be felt to this day!

  3. Anderson says:

    From Martin Luther King I learnt the importance of resilience and consistency in pursuing your goals. He remains my number one source of inspiration to this day.

  4. Shantel says:

    I wish our modern day celebrities could take the example of King. Our celebrities have become such poor role models today.

  5. Louis says:

    The selflessness and integrity that was exhibited by Dr Luther was indeed one of a kind. It’s not everyday that we get to have such brilliant minds among us.

  6. Teddy says:

    I have to admit that if it wasn’t for Martin Luther King I wouldn’t be the person I am today. His teachings and ideologies played a major role in shaping who I am today and for that I am forever grateful.

  7. Daphne says:

    It’s rare to find someone as selfless and compassionate as Martin Luther. He continues to inspire generation after generation of great personalities.

  8. Oliver says:

    Martin Luther remains one of the most iconic black people to ever set foot on earth. For that he will forever have my respect.

  9. Patricia says:

    King was responsible for the biggest civil rights movement on earth. Civil rights would be nothing like it is today were it not for him.

  10. Meg W says:

    The way MLK lived his life is in itself a great source of inspiration for many people from all walks of life. He was a true hero.

  11. Roy says:

    Martin Luther King taught us that no matter how insignificant we feel, we can always make a difference. That was a very powerful message.

  12. Gonzalo says:

    While I stay away from any political game these days I have heard of this guy. That said, It is nice to read something about him as I kinda fell asleep when this was discussed during college he he. Well it is never too late to learn I suppose. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Danielle M says:

    I wish more people can make a difference like King did. He was very unique and is too bad that he had been killed.

  14. Michael Ower says:

    Martin Luther king Jn. was a hero..a great person who fought for what he believed in..if we all stand for what we believe in and fight for it,the world will be a better place.. What a shame we lost such true legend…

  15. Glad says:

    Honestly Martin Luther King was one to reckon with, he was fearless and bold, he was compassionate because it is only when you have compassion that you can take and act upon the pains of others. His shoes is quite a big one to fill. This generation are more self centered and go about looking out for their own gain. I do hope that I In my little space can make a difference.

  16. Maybelle says:

    I always admire the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Whatever our background is, we can always make a difference.

  17. Meldred Judith says:

    This write up is very good. It is very inspiring. It will help us to become productive.

  18. Mark Janeo says:

    A very inspiring article. I wish I can be like him.

  19. Janine Bocateja says:

    Just like Martin Luther King we should always believe in ourselves what ever situation will be facing in life. Each one of us do have its own mission in life. It’s for us to accomplish it with being strong. Keep safe.

  20. Prince says:

    Life well spent but short lived. A life for humanity, and the world now really needs people like King. Happy birthday King

  21. Oyeyipo Oladele says:

    Everyone can make a difference, but if you ever doubt that one person can make a difference. Compare the life of Martin Luther in this article. This article is a serious one I did love for real. Thanks for this informative post.

  22. Anyi Lizeth says:

    Regarding the final question of this text, I think that not all of us feel the courage to face adverse situations, Martin Luterking’s life is an example to follow and I really admire him a lot, he firmly defended the rights of people of race, independently Of the consequences.

  23. Wilson Jake says:

    King is one of my favourite activists and so strong willed. I just wish that racist against black can just stop because of the sacrifices people like King has done. Even giving is life for the truth he believed in. Happy birthday to you sir, I celebrate the King

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