Jan 18th, 2014
Author: CrossFit CDR
Category: CDR Community
Did you know…
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Monday, and here are some interesting and little known facts about this famous civil rights leader.
- King skipped 9th and 10th grade in high school, and entered Moorehouse College at the age of 15 in 1944. By 19, he received his bachelor’s degree in sociology.
- Although King is often remembered as an amazing public speaker, he got a C in public speaking during his first year at seminary.
- King is the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35 in 1964.
- King donated all of his $54,123 (about $400,000 today!) from his Nobel Peace Prize to the Civil Rights movement.
- King won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for his work “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam”.
- In 2000, all 50 states officially observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.It was originally signed into federal law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, with the first MLK holiday on January 20, 1986.
- King is one of two other people in American history that have a national holiday in their honor, George Washington and Christopher Columbus.
- Today over 700 streets in the United States are named after Martin Luther King Jr., with one such street in almost every major city.
Non-violent resistance is not for cowards. It is not a quiet, passive acceptance of evil. One is passive and non-violent physically, but very active spiritually, always seeking ways to persuade the opponent of advantages to the way of love, cooperation, and peace.
This quote from Dr. King speaks about the importance of non-violence and the use of your spiritually to positively influence others. Using your faith and belief in God to protest against evil will always have a greater effect than your physical efforts. When was the last time you choose to use forgiveness and love to win an argument instead of using loud words or hurtful actions? The “true” coward will always resort to physical violence in the face of injustice because they are too afraid and ignorant to seek out a more peaceful means. Let’s honor Dr. King by incorporating his ideal of non-violent resistance into our daily lives.
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