Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – A Man of Peace
Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of peace, receiving the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent efforts to bring racial equality to the forefront of American society. He organized peaceful protests, as in the case of Rosa Parks, where he was known to have said:
“We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.”1
Martin Luther King Jr.’s rhetorical skills, calm demeanor, and peace loving nature, combined with his theological training, served him well. He became one of America’s leading Civil Rights Leaders. Dr. King dedicated his life to seeking justice and dignity for all, acting in a Christ-like manner. He demonstrated patience, compassion, humility, peace, kindness, diligence, justice, temperance, prudence and fortitude – just to name a few great virtues. He gave everyone their due respect, even when he was not necessarily treated likewise. He expressed an appreciation of another’s dignity as a child of God.
Almost 46 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, we have made some strides in racial equality, but I fear that bigotry is still alive. As we celebrate his birthday today, may we remember all of his accomplishments, and carry on in his name to join him in being more Christ-like. We must uproot bigotry and slander and deem them unacceptable in politics and the workplace; in our homes and our houses of worship.
Martin Luther King Jr. left us a roadmap for peace. Let’s travel down that road together, united in Christ.
1 bio. Martin Luther King Jr. Web. 29 Dec. 2015 http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086#montgomery-bus-boycott