A Leader Was Born Eighty-Six Years Ago Today

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
—Martin Luther King, Junior

He taught that violence begets violence, and discouraged it.

He knew and did his best not to hate those he disagreed with.

He was arrested twenty-nine times, and lived thirty-nine years.

He said, once, ‘Today, Capitalism has outlived its usefulness.’

He considered Socialism godless, despite what some say.

He was convinced that Mahatma Gandhi had the way.

He was, amid danger, terrified when he marched.

He was not the tallest of men, but he stood tall.

He marched for equal rights, equal justice.

He may have lifted a few facts in ’55, but…

He didn’t make the change all about him.

He was a husband and a father of four.

He was a clergyman and an activist.

He was a sinner and a Christian.

He was a leader, not a victim.

He was a man from Georgia.

He saw tyranny firsthand.

He stood with his honor.

He changed the world.

He committed.

He tried.

Monuments made in his likeness do not make who he is or was.  But you could call him a giant in how he personally served in action and presence not just his words or speeches made from afar.

“I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others.  I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question.  I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.  I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked.  I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison.  And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”

—February 4, 1968, at Ebenezer Baptist Church


Image Source: Forbes/Cause Integration

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