Characteristics Of Martin Luther King

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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” (Kruse 1). Martin Luther King was born January 15th, 1929 and died April 4th, 1968, MLK was assassinated while protesting for equality of all people. Martin Luther King was an effective leader because he exhibited strong leadership qualities such as bravery, confidence, and passion. One important characteristic Martin Luther King had was bravery. Bravery can be a challenging trait to have but due to MLK’s bravery, he was able to achieve so much, just like many other leaders. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others” (Downard 1). A person who is leading a large group of people needs to be able to make a decision even if that isn’t what the majority …show more content…
“The reality is people want to know what you know for sure -- and what you don't. Having the confidence to say ‘I don't know’ is a powerful skill” (Farrell 1). As almost all people know, MLK fought hard and long for African American equality, during the time period he protested African Americans were not treated like people, instead like property. Sometimes people, including MLK got doubtful since most events in history were not in his favor, but he was able to encourage people to keep fighting. As a leader, he knew to be honest with people, he was able to say things aren’t looking good right now, but it will get better soon. This took major confidence to hope that people will trust you. In addition, MLK also showed confidence by giving speeches in front of people who did not believe African Americans were equal to whites. For all he knew he could have been shot at, put into prison, or not followed. However, he didn’t focus on these negative thoughts, that takes confidence to get up in front of so many people to just explain why they should respect you. It was not easy for MLK to give hope to fellow African Americans, but he had confidence that all his protests, books, and speeches would finally give them equality. “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will” (Farrell 1), MLK proved this quote. In the beginning, there were not many people who were confident enough to support his beliefs. After hearing MLK talk …show more content…
“Their passionate pursuits allow them to become potent pioneers of new possibilities” (Llopis 1). MLK was one of the first African Americans known to fight for equal rights, he did not like the way they were being treated. Over time a passion for a better life built up in MLK making him the person he was. Every speech, book, protest, and boycott MLK took part in was full of passion. He put so much passion into what he did because he truly cared about it, hoping that one day people will not see color due to the example MLK set. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out” (Downard 1). From the beginning MLK had passion, he went against the world to fight for what he thought was right. Not only was he courageous enough to do this, but he stuck with it and did not let anyone discourage him, his passion was so strong he fought until he died. MLK would be proud today to see the impact and inspiration he left on

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