Happy Birthday Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King would have been 87 this year had he not been assassinated for what he stood for. What an honor it would have been for us to live in his era, to get his viewpoints on the issues of today. 

Maybe he could have ran for the Presidency of the United States. Maybe politics would have been reformed with him being full of integrity. Maybe he would have been the first black president. 

I’m sure he would have been the prize endorser of anyone trying to gain influence. After all, this is a man who was followed by thousands and admired by millions. He moved the needle and the masses like no other man in our modern era. He didn’t even seek to be a celebrity. He transcended that level.

His presence today would have led to many more minority men seeking higher education and he would have inspired the behaviors necessary to produce so much goodwill in this world. 

If Dr. King were alive today, maybe we would reason better with those we disagree with. The Church would have grown immensely, being known for love and social justice than for bickering and judging. 

How many awesome things could this man have taught us throughout the years after he saw his dream manifested?

Sadly, Dr. King isn’t here with us anymore. And yet, he is.

His dream surpassed life itself because it’s changed the course of history, the stories of people in this nation and around the world, and taught people to hope for the realization of the dream no matter what the odds were. 

He taught us to be intentional about loving others and caring for the oppressed. He exemplified as best he could the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

As a leader, I cannot help but to be in awe of the talent he possessed to move people with the verbal expressions of his dream. I admire the integrity that he had by being at the forefront of the marches, at the center of the protest, risking his life just as everyone else was too.

He wasn’t giving out orders from a shinny corner office in the North. He was grinding wherever he could, with who ever he could, with whatever he could. 

He led by example and his words will forever be in my heart. 

I thank God for the life of Dr. King he paved the way for me too.

My very first public speech was in the 6th grade and I had been chosen to as the only 6th grader to speak to the whole student body at my middle school. 

The topic: Dr. King’s Dream

That speech helped me realize that I too could use my gifts to inspire people. And that if I stewarded my life for the benefit of others, than I too could dare to dream big.

This week we will discuss the leadership attributes of a dreamer who hustles even in the most dire of circumstances. 

Dr. Martin Luther King gave us all permission to dream. Let’s celebrate his life today not by focusing on what could be but what can be.

Here are my favorite Dr. King quotes:

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.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.