This Week's Motivational Moment!
A little insight behind the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 20th . . .
Established in 1983, MLK, Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986, 34 years ago. Because of his contribution to the civil rights movement, Dr. King ranked second only to Mother Teresa in a Gallup list of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. Dr. King was also Time Magazine's Man of the Year (1963).
Many people don't know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a brilliant student, an avid reader, and outstanding member of the high school debate team. Martin skipped two grades during high school and entered local Morehouse College at 15! He graduated in 1948 at age 19 and attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa., where he received his divinity degree three years later.
Dr. King had many leadership traits, some that have value to our students here at the start of 2020. Here are a few of Dr. King's keys to success in life:
- Set goals and make a detailed plan of action to reach them - for yourself and your organization.
- Understand your adversary's point of view to recognize the weaknesses of your own positions.
- Never seek to humiliate your opponent; search for common ground.
- Conduct a postmortem analysis of every action to learn from your mistakes.
- When speaking, relate stories of individual acts of courage and sacrifice to help make your cause relevant to the daily lives of those affected.
- Practice what you preach.
- Stay awake to new ideas and have the courage to change.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Douglas K. Loftus
Acceleration East High School
Tuesday, January 14, 2020