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Where Are The Leaders Like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela, King

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With all of the poverty, abusive power, oppression, rampant racial hatred and discrimination in the United States and across the world, where are the leaders like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela, King? Where are the men and women, today,  who are willing to fight the gallant fight to continue to improve the plight of mankind?

Where are the leaders like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela, King? That is a question worth asking as we note the 51st anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

With the resurgence of racial hatred and the growing deterioration of race relations in this country, it seems that all the progress made by King and the Civil Rights Movement is now on a slippery slope. Perhaps that bane of evil, racial hatred, has really never been that far away—just waiting for the right conditions to raise its ugly head.

Where Are The Leaders Like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela, King

Where Are The Leaders Like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela, King
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Those conditions seem to be spreading in recent years, creating a dangerous and combustible atmosphere. How else can the recent burning of the three historic black churches in Louisiana by a 21-year-old white supremacist be explained? Church burnings in 2019. That was common in 1940s, 1950s, and the 1960s during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

Why are some officers, in police departments all across the country, comfortable using excessive force against blacks, many of who are unarmed or not guilty of committing any crime? Why are the urban areas, which are predominantly black, continually plagued by sub-standard housing, poor schools, high unemployment, high crime, and persistent higher rates of poverty?

But these conditions are not just in the United States. They exist in many parts of the world, especially in underdeveloped countries and those ruled by dictators and tyrants. The work that Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela spent their lives doing is still sorely needed.

Where are the leaders like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela, King? We need unflappable leaders who are willing to resume such humanitarian work. What a shame it will be to allow their work and the progress, to improve the plight of their fellow citizens, be undone. But, that seems to be the path we are on.

We need ongoing strong positive voices to fight against, deter, and drown out the growing racial hatred, the abuse, brutality, and oppressive acts that go along with it.

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Where Are The Leaders Like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Mandela, King
Janice Ellis
Janice Ellis
Janice S. Ellis, PhD, author, 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 under the headings of "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" and "Above & Beyond Race." Subscribe to the email Newsletter and get updates on the trending topics.


  1. Lina Suarez says:

    All the above mentioned leaders have been excellent in their fight for humanity. We can only pray to get more exceptional leaders in the future.

  2. Danielle M says:

    I wish there was a cure for racism and discrimitation, it’s unbelievable that human can make progress in many areas but in other areas the mind and thoughts can be so poor.

  3. Robert M says:

    Okay i think that the great leaders like the ones you’ve mentioned exists. The problem is that they are not the ones in power and until they get in power we might still suffer for sometime.

  4. David Mureithi says:

    It starts form how we bring our children. The background is the one which depletes those skills portrayed by the said leaders.

  5. Brenda says:

    These were leaders that devoted their whole life to serve humanity. Its such a rare virtue to find in the present day’s leaders, whose their main concern is how to enrich themselves.

  6. mercy says:

    You just mentioned some very treasured people that stood out in all ramification. I’m still hoping and having great hopes that very soon that very soon exemplary people like your aforementioned will be raise.

  7. Grace K says:

    Sometimes I think like these leaders that you have mentioned like Mandela, Mother Teresa and the like were sent by God for their generation. Its so hard, to find their likes in this generation.

  8. Rae says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article! In our world today we need leaders like them. Everyone can be a leader if they choose to be. I believe anyone can have influence in each others lives.

  9. Obalade Damilola says:

    It can start with you..You can make that change..we shouldn’t wait for another Mandela before we do our part..I like your write up but my question is “What have you done to stop this murders, racism and the rest..I’m not trying to criticize you but I’m just saying that the change we need starts from us..Do your own part..others will be inspired to join in the struggle.. Writing articles and talking won’t ward off the problems Black’s are facing in the usa

  10. Landi says:

    I ask same questions with all the happening in our society and unfortunately those in authority do not even care. It very appalling to say the least.

  11. Linda says:

    We are it. We are all it.


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