The Importance of Resilience

Booker T Washington once said, “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome by trying to succeed.” This quote becomes especially true when observing the life of those who have gone on to make a positive impact in the world.  One such person who has done such a thing is civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.  He combated racial inequality through nonviolent means.  Despite this, his opponents repeatedly derided him as someone who incited violence.  After King’s I Have a Dream speech, William Sullivan, former head of the FBI’s domestic intelligence wrote of him, “Personally, I believe in the light of Kings’s powerful demagogic speech yesterday he stands head and shoulders over all other Negro leaders put together when it comes to influencing great masses of negroes.  We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous negro of the future in this nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro, and national security.” Prior to the march, Robert Kennedy, then-US attorney general, told his brother John F. Kennedy that “Negroes are now just antagonistic and mad and they’re going to be mad at everything.  You can’t talk to them.  My friends all say that [even] the Negro maids and servants are getting antagonistic.” Had he yielded to adversity, the world would look a lot different than what it is now.

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Author: Josh Oania – Treasurer from Virgina Beach Chapter