Governance lesson from MLK’s – “I have a dream”

Despite all the violence against them and the significant opposition for equality, blacks in America followed MLK and his team to restore civil rights.The March on Washington put pressure on the Kennedy administration to advance its civil rights legislation in Congress.

The famous speech was made on Aug28, 1963.In the wake of the speech and march, King was named Man of the Year by TIME magazine for 1963, and in 1964, he was the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The following lines in the speech can be used by many world leaders to stop violence and discrimination against its own people.

“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

As a leader King did not make excuses. He did not act as a victim. He was out there leading his people towards exceptional results. He had the power of speech and he was charismatic. As a leader, the great thing about using your power to make things better is that the more you use it, the more powerful you become. Mandela had time to prove himself. Imagine if King was not assassinated, what the world would’ve seen! May be he would’ve shown a better way to the leaders in our asian countries and countries like Egypt, Libya, Syria and some African nations.

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