What makes a hero?

Monday, we observe “Martin Luther King Jr.” day in the United States.  If Dr.King were still alive, he would have been 82 and perhaps less revered than he is today. As a reporter, I covered Dr. King from 1960 until his death in 1968.  Like most martyrs, his assasination made him a symbol.   It is not the man that makes Dr. King a hero, it is ideas  he often expressed so eloquently.   He was a student of Ghandi’s strategy of using non-violence to overcome oppression.    Historians have written about Dr. King’s human frailties, but no matter.    The legacy of the social revolution he led trumps his weaknesses as a man.


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