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Martin Luther King Jr. The Planks of Leadership

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Transcript of Martin Luther King Jr. The Planks of Leadership

The Planks of Leadership
Martin Luther King Jr.
Plank 1
Martin Luther King Jr. believed that all men were created equal and wanted peace between whites and blacks.
MLK wanted to see the end of segregation.
He wanted black people to no longer be treated as second class citizens under the seperate but equal laws.
King sought equality in not only the eyes of the law, but of the people as well.
Plank 2
King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.
One of the founders and the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference that organized non-violent protests through black churches.
Became involved in the Albany Movement whose goals were to desegregate Albany, Georgia.
Used non-violent but confrontational tactics in the Birmingham campaign in Birmingham, Alabama.
Plank 4
All MLK ever dealt with was conflict between blacks and whites.
King remained calm and level-headed as to not cause any more provocation and to provide an example for the other activists to follow.
Even during his arrest and time spent in jail he cooperated with authorities as to not cause further conflict.
To calm his following, during his time in jail he continued his work and wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.
Plank 5
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Plank 3
Used effective non-violent resistance in struggle for civil rights.
Admired Mahatma Gandhi's peaceful and successful activism and imitated it.
To maintain his popularity and his following, King distanced himself from his advisor who had former ties to the Communist Party USA.
King didn't publicly endorse one political party as to be able to criticize both parties policies on racial equality.
King always remained focused and never lost sight of his goal to end segregation and obtain civil rights.
Despite his arrest, he still continued his work for the cause.
MLK joined with Rosa Parks in the Montgomery Bus Boycott to strengthen the cause.
He was not afraid to fail because he was confident that he wouldn't. He risked his life and it was ultimately taken.
Plank 6
Martin Luther King Jr. was a phenomenal motivational speaker.
King motivated thousands to call for an end to racism with his I Have a Dream speech.
His I've Been to the Mountaintop speech inspired many to unite and take action through boycott and non-violent protest.
MLK used the emotional effects of his dreams and the discrimination of the past to motivate both blacks and whites to move forward together.
A leader has a sense of vision. They can solve the puzzle because they have the ability to see the situation in its entirety.
A leader is willing to act. They take charge and make things happen.
A leader makes good decisions. They are knowledgeable about the issues and people involved, they prioritize, and they assess risks.
A leader can handle conflict. They utilize crisis management to avoid communication breakdowns.
A leader works to avoid pitfalls. They are not afraid to fail, they pay attention to details, and they do not forget people or the original objective.
A leader knows how to motivate. They must inspire others to action in order to be successful.
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