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The many qualities of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership

February 17, 2014
By DONALD SPRING II, Sixth-grader, Steubenville City Schools - Essay Contest Winner , The Herald-Star

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. demonstrated numerous leadership qualities during his fight for equal rights and over the course of history. He showed great courage over his lifetime by challenging the authority with his numerous protests and marches for many issues he believed in. He took many controversial stands among opposing Americans on many issues over history, some of those including equal rights and segregation.

He showed determination by never giving up on his fight for equal rights for everyone, and trying to end segregation for all Americans. He also was determined to not let what others did, said or called him or any of his family sway his judgment in his fight for equal rights. He showed loyalty by continuing to fight for his beliefs even after numerous arrests and attacks on himself, his family members and followers during the marches and speeches he made in many cities.

He showed great passion by educating himself on many issues. As well as continuing to protest for equal rights, ever after his home was bombed. He continued his fight for many years of his life for many issues in America.

Many people have learned great lessons on how to be a leader because of many things he did. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed respect and honesty by never resorting to violence even though he had much violence tossed in his face. He believed in nonviolent protests and made sure others followed him in this quest. His greatest leadership quality was integrity, which he showed when he gave his life for what he was fighting for. He also showed integrity by taking responsibility for his actions.

One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is ... "Our lives began to end the day we became silent about things that matter." Therefore no matter what issues I choose to help my community in by being a leader, I would begin by making sure I have many of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership qualities.

If I were in a leadership role for changing something in our community, I would make sure that everyone was there during a protest. I would respect the voices of my community by making sure I spoke of their behalf and for their beliefs in whatever we were protesting.

I would also educate myself on the issues, so I am able to better lead the community. I would show courage by standing up for the community on any issue we thought needed to be addressed at that time. I would also make sure we lead a peaceful and nonviolent protest at all times. I would make sure the city knew of any marches or protests we had planned so that streets could be closed off to help protect the community and the people. I would try to ensure that all of the people are treated equally during the protest.

I will end this on another famous quote ... "Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better," by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In which if I am ever in a leadership role, I will display many of his qualities.

 
 

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