Martin Luther King, a look back to 1963…and forward.
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Today, I find myself wondering what Martin Luther King Jr. would be saying to us on his 89th birthday.
Ten or so years ago my friend, Lydia, sent me a small book which gave me some clues. The book was “Why We Can’t Wait”, by Martin Luther King Jr., about 1963, published just months after John Kennedy was assassinated. Dr. King was just 34 years old. 1963 was the year of the Letter from Birmingham Jail; and the “I Have a Dream” speech on the Washington D.C. Mall.
The book is still in print, and well worth a read.
Even at only 34, by 1963, King was a veteran as a leader in a difficult and indeed dangerous struggle. He was already a national figure, known to U.S. presidents (a chapter is devoted to the political process, with people like Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson mentioned specifically.)
Being a leader was not easy. King’s was a lonely job.
It’s been a long while since I read that book, page by page.
What I think was on King’s mind back then in 1963 was that it took more than one person to make a difference in civil rights or anything else. That everybody had an important role to play. That leaders faced difficult decision making, agree or disagree.
May we all take our own leadership role in the days, months and years ahead.
As Gandhi so famously said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
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