3 Characteristics of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches


  Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Today is a great opportunity, not only to remember Martin Luther King, Jr., but to activate in your life today, and forward, the very characteristics that made him a great leader.

In your own life and business, how can the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. be a guide for you?


One characteristic comes from his famous speech “I Have a Dream.”

What is your dream for the world? With all the resources and cooperation you need, what changes would you make?

Envision the world you want to live in and the world you want to share with those you love.

What is your dream for your own life?


Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality when others would not. His life was one of education, service and leadership. He was involved in several groups and committees and learned to support and be supported in his endeavors in the civil rights movement.

How have you prepared yourself educationally to attain the goals you desire?

What services have you provided to help your community, a group or an individual? What services have you given to support your business?

How have you served in a leadership position and where have you found support for your causes?


Seemingly, taking a stand for Civil Rights alone, Martin Luther King, Jr. did not quit. Even while incarcerated he continued to work on his dream. He didn’t give up under the most difficult circumstances.

What are the hurdles you have to overcome to create your dream?

Today, what do you need to overcome to finish your project, take the next step or regain your focus?

What is the end result for your persistence? What is the planned goal and what will be your reward?

6 Comments on “3 Characteristics of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

  1. Dr Wixy says:

    MLK was an extremely charismatic leader who led and helped not only people of a certain race or generation, but he those of other races and future generations. Of course, at the time, there were people who did not know they were being helped, but he knew that the outcome would be beneficial to all people.
    No matter what anyone thinks of him, all should agree that we are better off for his calm leadership and that he had an internal strength that many of us do not have. It’s difficult to know if I would be willing to endure incarceration for my beliefs. I like to think I would, but would I?

  2. I believe to have a dream is important for everything in life. To carry a vision and continue to work for it, like MLK did.


  3. Nate says:

    MLK paved the way for so many people, not just from a racial standpoint. He inspired so many people to go out there and go after their dream, and not let anyone stop them from getting what they want.

  4. Martin Luther King, born Michael King, received a great deal of credit for his work in the civil rights movement, but in his own time he was quite controversial, not just because of his views on race, which were considered radical at the time, but for many other reasons as well. For instance, he was suspected to have plagiarised part of his doctoral dissertation, and was suspected to have had bizzare sexual encounters with younger women. Whether this is true or not is difficult to say, but it does go to show that even our greatest heroes had their flaws.

  5. sophiebowns says:

    He was such an incredible man. It’s a great loss, even after all these years!

  6. Luci Gabel says:

    This is a great read. And a wonderful thing that YOU put out into the world! Thanks, Candess.

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