How did Dr. Martin Luther King become the civil rights movement leader?
Dr. Martin Luther King’s goal was not always to become a civil rights movement leader. He had other plans to accomplish and that was to become a pastor and lead his church as a way to continue a legacy from his father, Dr. Martin Luther King Sr.
During the time of Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat on the bus, Dr. Martin Luther King had finished his doctorate degree. Rosa Parks took on a role that was very difficult for even stronger men. Thanks to Rosa Parks the Queen! She started a movement. Not the civil rights movement, but a movement to boycott the city buses.
However, just like any group or team aiming at one goal, they had to have a leader to represent them. A leader who would stand in front of angry police. A leader who would dare to stand still as he or she would remove spit from others off of his or her face and lead on. A leader who would be strong enough to face inequalities in the American society. A leader who would manage to control his or her anger and focus on what matters the most. A leader who would face death at each gathering, and be willing to die for the cause. A leader who would say goodbye to his or her family in the morning not knowing when he or she will return. A leader who would carefully question Kennedy’s quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” It was clear what the country was not doing, treating all men equal. A leader who would let his effort yearn for love while his or her very nature demand for justice. A leader who thoroughly understood St. Augustine’s teaching, “An unjust law is no law at all.”
Lo and behold, a couple of people decided to nominate Dr. King to lead the movement. The original march was to boycott the city buses!
Dr. King was asked to lead the march and was only given hours to respond to such a request. Thankfully he said yes! In later interviews, Dr. King himself said, he would have probably said no if he was given much time to think of the request. Dr. King’s goal was to take and lead the church, not to boycott city buses.
Dr. Martin Luther King might not have realized that God had a much larger purpose for him. Little did he know that man plans his course, but God determines his steps! (Proverb 16:8). Small things can turn into bigger things; don’t you agree?
Dr. King led the movement and with his passion of love towards another, it became a civil rights movement. A movement to which received thousands of people in attendance at the D.C. Memorial in the hot summer of August, 1963 when he gave the “I have a dream” speech.
A movement that had a strong “why” behind it. A movement to which became bigger and much larger than his church and was able to heal many not just nationally, but globally.
Remember, the United States was not the only country that discriminated and marginalized some. Unfortunately, some people worldwide still have a tendency to think themselves a better race than others. But I am aware that there are many opinions as there are people. My opinion is a small portion of a voice shouting in a noisy world where attention might require inheritance.
Dr. King never knew all this change was going to take place. He said yes to a small quest that was started by Rosa Parks the Queen, and King did not only accomplish his goal to lead his church but was able to use his gifts to make a difference in the world.
We can do so much when we have faith. Just like Dr. King, we should not wait for the perfect time to do the right thing.
Do you have a desire to change your life?
Improve your physique?
Improve your spirituality?
Improve your life financially?
Do not wait for the right time to come because you might miss the opportunity. If Dr. King would have had said no to lead the movement because the request was outside of his goal, do you think he would have had become the Dr. Martin Luther King we know today?
Do you think he would have had served his purpose to share God’s love the same way he had healed this country?
As we celebrate his day, please take a moment to take the time to reflect on what this day might mean to you. Talk, eat, sleep and breathe love and you will have no trouble breeding justice. Spread love with family and friends and even those people who we usually forget.
Why am I asking you to do this?
- Because you and I can do bigger things and enlarge our purpose which would expand our horizon and our ability to do greater things.
- Because while this might not be useful to you, it might be helpful to someone else. There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.
- Because when Dr. King said, “Faith is taking a step when you don’t see the staircase,” I believe he meant it.