Happy Birthday Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) used the principles of nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. It is noted that Dr. King made a request to avoid mentioning his awards and honors at his funeral. Instead, he wanted it to be said that he tried to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, be right on the (Vietnam) war question and to love and serve humanity. In 1964, Dr. King received The Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination, through nonviolent means.

He married Coretta Scott and they had four children (Yolanda, Martin III., Dexter and Bernice). As we reach this moment celebrating Dr. King’s heroic sacrifice forty-three years later, we must analyze just how much we have progressed and if we are continuing to encourage others to dream even bigger dreams, thereby making those dreams come to fruition. If we have not made significant strides in those dreams shared from forty-three years ago, or even our current dreams, then we have found ourselves asleep like Rip Van Winkle. So wake up! Now make some things happen!

Happy Birthday Dr. King! Thank you for your great contributions to humanity and peace.



2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

  1. Thank you for writing about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He spoke about judging others by skin color, but we still do it. Do we harsly judge others because we’re not comfortable in our own skin? Let’s vow to have 24 hours of not judging others. Sounds easy….let’s try it!!!!


  2. Thanks for the comment Fran! Good point! I agree, let’s try to follow suit and practice this every single day. It seems like judging others so harshly is a direct reflection on those doing the judging. I think there is an underlying issue that’s deeper than what we see and hear! And that is toxic and dangerous! Happy MLK Day to you!


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