10,000 Tears

At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot on the balcony at the Lorraine Motel. It was a day in Memphis, TN that 10,00 tears or more hit the ground in mourning Dr. King’s violent departure. The tears shed were for more than just a man, but for all the collective leadership that had put him on that balcony in the first place. What made Dr. King such a beloved leader, what qualities did he possess? What made him different? President Obama thinks it was Dr. King’s both/and approach to justice reflected in community organizing relational philosophy. But before we become distracted by the masterful strategy of Dr. King’s leadership style, we must first reflect on who and how he became great in the first place.