Professor Dawn Roe’s Class reflects on MLK

For the Future

Martin Luther King Jr. not only was a leader of the civil rights movement, he was also a great example of a leader. He did not dwell on the past mistakes of his fellow man; instead he looked for a better tomorrow. He did not hate the past, and instead loved the idea of the future. With effort everybody have the ability to shape and mold the future to what the desire. The future is whatever you make it out to be. “The time is always right to do what’s right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King’s Legacy of Dignity

Dr. King did not go to Birmingham, or any other place he went, because black people were being wronged, but because “injustice was there.” We should remember Dr. King’s legacy not as a struggle for black people or even poor people, but as a struggle for the idea that a person’s dignity comes not from skin color, gender, sexuality, net worth or occupation or any other thing that causes prejudice in our hearts; rather, a person’s dignity comes from the mere fact that he or she participates in humanity. By focusing on all the other secondary identities of a person, we alienate ourselves from one another and in the process prevent each other from fully actualizing ourselves.

Martin Luther King Jr.

King led a movement that helped America overcome some of its worst and most blatant racism. What made him the right man at the right time to do this? He did extraordinary things, but in writing, King’s early life might not seem all that extraordinary. He grew up in a middle class home, he was the son of a preacher, he went to seminary school. What kind of person do we need in today’s age to tackle the arguably tougher, harder to define discrimination challenges we now face? What kind of person would be able to rally people around a cause that is invisible to many? Can there be another King?

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