Martin Luther King, Obama, and Douglass Essays

1791 Words Apr 16th, 2012 8 Pages
Great Leaders of the past, present, and the future Countless have said that all men were created equal, but what about the prodigious black men of all time. Were King, Douglass, and Obama all created equal, or were these men chosen to be predestined for greatness? What constitutes "greatness" in politics? Names that come readily to mind, like Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, and Barack Obama, are those who rose to inspire their countries in times of turmoil and change; so it seems that circumstances are just as important as character. Their personal characteristics, and even morals, differed widely -- but they were able to anticipate and articulate their nations' needs and aspirations. One thing King, Douglass, and Obama, all …show more content…
We do not quit. We do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. In this new decade, it's time the American people get a government that matches their decency, which embodies their strength” (Transcript: Obama's first State of the Union speech). Great leaders are not passive; leaders are active and are unwilling to accept to the circumstances. Leaders are impatient, in a good way and refuse to just sit by and let things take their natural course. Many have a sense of urgency and communicate it very well. Each of these men has an opinionated personality. This is what made all three men great. Many people may ask, “What is an opinionated personality?” An opinionated personality is considered, someone who isn't afraid to give their personal opinion. It doesn't have to be a bad thing. It's just someone that doesn't stay quiet, if a person doesn’t agree with something. One great example is when Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his “I have a Dream Speech,” King wrote, “Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it

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