Our MCM was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movements. His words, actions and legacy could not be more relevant, in the current social climate and I must say it is truly a great shame that he is no longer with us to actualise his ‘dream’; yes the man i’m referring to is none other than the Late Great Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.
Any well rounded individual will know a fair amount about MLK Jnr, so I won’t write this as an introduction but more so in acknowledgement of all Dr King did within his life that affords us examples and understanding of plights for peace and equality worldwide.
Our purpose / authentic drive, is often shaped by our formative years and experiences thereafter. Do not be a a product of your environment but rather a progressive person of experience.
Growing up in Atlanta, King attended Booker T Washington School, where he became known for his public speaking ability. During King’s junior year in high school, Morehouse College a respected historically black college, announced that it would accept any high school juniors who could pass its entrance exam. At the age of 15, King passed the exam and entered Morehouse. At 18 years old, King chose to enter the ministry. He had concluded that the church offered the most assuring way to answer “an inner urge to serve humanity.” King believed he would be a “rational” minister with sermons that were “a respectful force for ideas, even social protest. In 1948, he graduated from Morehouse with a B.A in sociology (his life would echo his passion for seeking change/betterment of society).
GD’ers – see beyond current circumstances, actualise your dreams; especially those you are passionate about.
Start as you mean to go on. Consistency is Key.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus, subsequently the Montgomery bus boycott, urged and planned by Nixon and led by King, soon followed.
The boycott lasted for 385 days of severe tension, which concluded with a United States District Court ruling in Browder v. Gayle which ended racial segregation on all Montgomery public buses.
Having cemented his seemingly successful non violent approach (which only exposed the brutality of the oppressors reactions in most cases) 💎Gd’ers how you react, often says a lot more than the action itself!
King then led nonviolent protests in Alabama and also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington (million man march), where he delivered his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.
In April 1963 Jim Crow signs came down, and public places became more open to blacks.
It is King’s role in the boycott along with marches, speeches, letters and address in obtaining equal rights for black people and all other basic civil rights as echoed in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, that mean that this Aman cannot be written/omitted out of history. His role in the Civil Rights Movement was far too great, and too well documented; much to the dismay of oppressors.
💎 Let me remind you GD’ers .. they may not always support you at the start, but they will acknowledge you when you receive accolades and attention; either way keep moving forward with your vision whether others see it or not.
King truly sought world peace and equality, and had an innate instinct that knew when, where and how to go about making these changes.
YOU’VE READ THIS & THAT’S GOOD, NOW TAKE ACTION AND BE GREAT: DO SOMETHING TO BETTER SOCIETY
Today, given all that has happened and continues to happen in the world currently; It is with deep sadness I type but silent strength reignited as I read. Lest we all be reminded not only of the optimistic encouraging words of Dr Kings ” I have a dream ” speech, but of the ever relevant and indisputable significance of Dr Kings many famous speeches,letters & addresses. Below, are some quotes of MLK Jnr that can be applied to current situations.
Protect and Provide for one and other
Dr King said:
“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth” GD’ers, I implore you to not be disheartened by the current social climate, but to make a conscious effort to encourage, uplift and share Grow Daily gems with each other. Our roots may differ, but we all need nourishment and nurturing to grow.
Against All Odds – The great will do good
Dr Kings Letter from Birmingham Jail –
Responds to calls on the movements to pursue legal channels for social change.
Within the letter, King argues that the crisis of racism is too urgent and the current system too entrenched:
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
GD’ers you cannot sit around and wait for a change in circumstances, you must get up, get out and create opportunities for yourselves. Break down barriers, set records and inspire others to keep going.
Side note : MOST CURRENT MOVEMENTS MEAN NOT TO DIVERSIFY/OFFEND, BUT AIM TO SIMPLY HAVE LAWS UPDATED; SO THAT THEY ARE INCLUSIVE AND PROTECT ALL!
Dear Everyone: my wish is that you all believe in your own purpose, and know that no matter your skin colour, creed, age, sexuality or gender; if you are living the right way you will not need to be within a collective/ seek refuge in any segregated group; you will just be a great person whom other great people acknowledge, accept and appreciate in kind.
Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.
Written by Karen Sherise