Honoring A King

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Martin Luther King Jr

On January 15 every year we celebrate Dr Martin Luther King Jr and all his contributions, not only for uplifting the black community, but for the love and passion he shared in uniting a divided country. Four days after the assassination of MLK, politician John Conyers proposed a federal holiday in honor of MLK to congress, in 1968. With the efforts of Coretta Scott King and many supporters of the King family, MLK day became a national holiday November 3, 1983. President Reagan signed a bill establishing the 3rd Monday of every January as MLK day. It took 15 years for congress to recognize MLK day as a federal holiday, and Ms. King never stopped pushing it forward. Resilience is the factor in all things MLK. He was a solider of peace and a fighter for justice, not with just Blacks, but for all minorities who the government does not protect.

There are two types of men in this world, do-ers and watchers.

There are two types of men in this world, do-ers and watchers. Watchers sit around and watch their lives pass right by them. They wait for things to happen, rather than making it happen for themselves. They stand idle in the face of controversy and they’re comfortable with the bare minimum. Do-ers, they’re leaders. They fight fiercely for the things they want. Do-ers get the job done, they walk in their purpose and they create opportunities for themselves and others.

Martin Luther King Jr was a do-er. He was a leader, an activist, a father, a husband and a preacher. People love to taint his image with all the negative choices he  made, but that will never overshadowing his impact in the world and the love he spread all over the country. He was a leader of the civil rights movement, his approach to fighting injustice was different than other leaders of the movement, because his special power was forgiveness. With an open heart and his non-violent tactics in protesting, people respected what he stood for and what he was fighting for. He fought for a better future, not just for his family, not just for Blacks, but for everyone, because hate was not in his heart. His accomplishments were astounding:

  • The March on Washington in 1963
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955
  • Founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1955 (following the bus boycott)
  • The Birmingham Campaign in 1963
  • The Nobel Peace Prize in 1964

When I think of Superman, I relate to MLK. He was a strong and resilient man. He stuck by his truths, believed in himself and was able to lead people to freedom. Desegregating the south, actively pushing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, MLK was a man of the people. His reputation and legacy will forever be celebrated and honored. 

Johnelle RevellComment