Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs and inspired by the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. … On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
Today, January 15, is the birthday and day of remembrance of one of the greatest men of the 20th century.
Martin did more to promote love and equality for all than any other single individual in my lifetime. He impacted the lives of all black people as well as those of us who lived through the strife of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
I honor him this week, not only for what he did for minorities but for the inspiration he exhibited in his life of non-violent demonstration and his stand for love of all individuals.
According to his words, “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable.” Let’s make a pact to move forward in life and business, following Martin’s example of ignoring the smaller struggles and focusing on the greater good!
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