Who was Martin Luther King Junior? Life Lessons to learn from him

Facts about Martin Luther King Junior, the man who was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi

15th January is celebrated as the birth anniversary of one of the most revolutionary man- Martin Luther King Junior.  Born in Atlanta, United States of America, he was the face of the Civil Rights Movement. He led the battle for fighting for equality through non-violent measures- that were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He was also the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. There are a lot of things that we can learn from him and apply it to our general life.

Here are a few things to learn from him: 

  • Dare to dream

This is probably one of the most widely recognized speeches in the world. ‘I have a dream’ speech in 1963 showed us how Martin started with a dream which he translated into reality.  We all can learn from it and have a vision for ourselves that we can work towards.

  • Serve people

MLK was driven by his cause to serve people. He believed that there is no bigger deed than serving humanity and rising above the individual needs.

  • Focus on quality

Just as the famous Hindi dialogue goes- “Zindagi lambi nahi badi honi chaiye”.  Martin also believed that life should have quality and not just longevity.

  • Spread love

He was of the strong belief that love can help win over everyone. Hatred, he believed was the lowest level a man could stoop to.

Read more: What is the National Human Rights Commission and how does it work?

  • Move forward, Never Quit

He fought his entire life for equality, no matter what the hurdles were. He fell and stood back up, but never stopped.

  • Justice

Standing up for injustice is what he did and he wanted people to do the same. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

We all should learn to fight for what we believe in and never shy away from our duty to secure justice for all.

  • Be a leader

He took the lead that changed history.  He was one of the finest leaders ever seen and has always been a huge inspiration for many. Leadership is an admirable quality to have that helps us and others as well.

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