Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Article excerpt

"Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose.

It is the strength required to bring about social, political or economic changes.

In this sense power is not only desirable but necessary in order to implement the demands of love and Justice. ...Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice." (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967)

When I think of leadership, I always think about Dr. Martin Luther King. He inspired us to dream, challenged us to act, loved us and encouraged our hearts. If Dr. King had not answered his call to leadership and greatness, what would have happened to us ana more importantly to the world? As history verifies, the middle of the twentieth century was not a place of power for women and people of color. In particular, America was vastly different in 1950 than it is today. For instance, administrators of colleges and universities were over 90 percent male and white. Faculty members were overwhelmingly represented by white men. In the business community, 99 percent of the leaders of corporations were white men. In the political arena, white male dominance and power were even more pervasive. As an example, the United States Senate was 100 percent white and 100 percent of the Presidents of the United States had been white men. As a result of the concentration of power among wealthy white men, racism and sexism permeated the society.

With all of the political, legal, educational, religious and economic power concentrated in the hands of a small segment of society in the 1950's, the future looked bleak. Yet, a young seminary educated minister from Atlanta, Georgia; Dr. …

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