King’s Greatness – Peaceful Protest
This is January 20, a day set aside to honor the late peace activist Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. for his accomplishments in leading a civil rights movement in the United States. King is best remembered for
his “I Have a Dream” speech that highlighted a 1963 March on Washington and his organized nonviolent protests
in Birmingham, Alabama.
King received notoriety when he organized and lead the protest marches from
Selma to Montgomery. His work came to an abrupt end on April 4, 1968 when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. James
Earl Ray was charged with the killing although some believe Ray was framed.
In spite of
his popularity today, King was not considered a national hero during his lifetime. He was under investigation by the FBI for
possible communist ties and was investigated for various extramarital affairs.
That he was murdered
at the height of his career helped escalate King to the status of a national hero. And he may well deserve that title.
is because King, a Baptist minister, preached and taught passivism as a way to lead his campaign for black equality. Thus
he falls into the category of greatness shared by such political activists as Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Their work
was always done in love and respect for all of humanity. They all achieved success without a shot being fired, in spite of
severe opposition by high government officialdom.
We are watching a world in turmoil today as the masses gather in the streets
all around the world to protest greedy power figures how controlling the destiny of nations, big corporations and the monetary
system without respecting the environment and the growing number of starving homeless.
the streets are now filled with violence. Guns and bombs are leaving the streets flowing with blood. When protests succeed
in bringing about change, it seems that the change is not an improvement. Things just appear to be getting worst.
following the examples set by great leaders like King, Gandhi and Mandela would lead the world toward a much more peaceful
solution. There needs to be protest. But it must be done with love and respect, and not with bombs and bullets.
kinds of protests usually take longer to bring results. But when change occurs, the people have a better chance of winning
something worth having.