Servant Leadership: Facts About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 16, 2013 1 Comment
Servant leadership is the philosophy and practice that encourages us to participate for the good of society by being of service to others. Many would say it is functional, ethical, meaningful and has the power to change cultures.
As leaders, it is my hope is that we take some time this holiday to reflect on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,all that he
stood for, and then use our words and actions to carry his message forward. Do something: Volunteer, pay for someone’s coffee, seek out a person who is lonely or family in need, hold a door open and more. Imag
ine the difference we can make.
Interesting facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia and his birth name was Michael King Jr. At the age of five, his father changed both of their names to Martin Luther, after the reformation leader.
He skipped his freshman and senior year of high school so he could attend Morehouse College at the age of 15. He originally planned to become a medical doctor. Instead, his education was as follows:
B.A. from Morehouse in Sociology
B.A. from Crozer Theological Seminary in Divinity
PhD from Boston University in Philosophy and Systematic Theology
His father and maternal grandfather were ministers. King was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1948
Dr King was successful in getting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed in Congress. These rights were a turning point in reversal of discrimination that was carried out through the Jim Crow laws and grandfather clauses.
The Civil Rights Act: Outlawed discrimination in public places. Called for public schools and facilities to become integrated. Prohibited discrimination in the work place
The Voting Rights Act: Outlawed literacy tests as a requirement to vote. Prohibited poll taxes which prevented African-Americans from having a voice in the voting process
Dr. King was the youngest ever in 1964 to have won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 35, he was the second American and third African-American to receive the award.
Was the first African-American to be on the cover of TIME Magazine.
Was assassinated on April 4, 1968. James Earl Ray was convicted for the murder and sentenced to 99 years in jail. Ray was an escape convict who plead guilty to the crime in March of 1969. He died in 1998.
I would be interested to hear your plans for celebrating the holiday. Please share them in the comment section below. Thanks for joining in the conversation.