Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Remarkable Leader and Father
This Monday I’d like to pause and reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his remarkable example in leadership. He led millions and he never neglected the most important stage in his life: the home. Dr. MLK Jr. sets a precedent for men as fathers. You do not have to scour the internet for family pictures of Dr. MLK Jr., he has many pictures with his family. He loved his family dearly and each of them knows this. His early death leaves us with many curiosities as to what else he might have done to move our nation. He knew the importance of being present with his family, otherwise we would not see him swinging with his children or playing with hula hoops in the living room!
Oh to be the child of a strong male leader who shows his love to his own! The King children have the legacy he left behind to pass along to their children, and their children’s children, and their children’s grandchildren. I understand that Dr. MLK Jr. is an anomaly of a man. But I also know every father is given the chance to be a hero in his child’s life. Truth be told, what the world thinks of you doesn’t matter even half as much as how your children think of you! Your children are the only people who will pass along the essence of who you are. As a father, you choose if it will be more than merely genetic material. Give them stories of love, care, laughter, quality time, and compassion. Give them a reason to smile when they think of you. Give them a hope that lives beyond your own lifespan. Give them a reason to celebrate your life even after your passing!
As the daughter of a man who doesn’t get it, I choose to celebrate and honor the men that do. Thank you to every man who has invested in my life enough to make a change. Thank you for your sacrifices that have given me opportunities to soar far beyond where I would have flown from my own motivation. Thank you to my spiritual fathers. Thank you to my adopted fathers. Thank you for doing what you do… and showing me that there are still great men like MLK Jr. alive and making differences in your own worlds that have collided with mine. I honor you today.