by Joan Jessalyn Cox
Peaceful Protest Protects People
Protest is to express opposition by a strong reasonable argument. A peaceful conflict almost sounds like an impossible thing to accomplish when tempers are raging about a legitimate and actionable need to protest.
It is a reasonable need to protest when someone like George Floyd is murdered right in front of millions of people. It’s how you protest whether you become a hero or a lawless renegade whose voice is lost in the mob of people perpetrating an even greater crime by violence in the streets.
Martin Luther King Jr proved to the world how to lead a Peaceful Protest, that has proven to have made a great change in our whole countries outlook. But his legacy needs to be once again refreshed in the minds of the people.
Too many were not born yet, or have moved to America and wasn’t acquainted with Dr. Martin Luther Kings noble way of leading so many people to change their minds and attitudes to care about all people of color.
He led many peaceful protests that made people question how they had so neglectfully accepted such miserable prejudice against people, who didn’t deserve the terrible way they were treated.
The peaceful principle for protesting the foul way they were treated was to be a rallying call for people to make their voices known in a reasonable but insightful way.
The following is an excerpt from a book I’m writing called Heroes of the Heart: Noble people have a uniqueness that no one else can rival by Joan Jessalyn Cox
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A Peaceful Walk of Faith
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a deep desire to follow Jesus, he ask Jesus help to lead his people to a victorious march for freedom from civil oppression and emotional bondage.
“God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men, and brown men, and yellow men; God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.” Dr. Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King’s calling for his mission in life was so strong that it took priority over everything else in his life. He dedicated every ounce of strength he had to serve his God, his country, and his people of color, to motivate them to stand up with a peaceful march for freedom for all people who were and are oppressed.
“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.” Dr. King
Dr. Martin Luther King wanted to lead the civil liberties march in a peaceful way, a way approved of God because of his great love for Jesus Christ. He always knew his Christian citizenship was excellent because of his love for the Bible and Jesus Christ, but he grieved that his people of color were still oppressed, and not being recognized for their own merit.
Dr. King motivated all people to see the “big picture” his future vision for a better relationship between the races, all being accepted on their own self-worth.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Dr. King
Dr. Martin Luther King set a high moral standard by how to protest old forbidding ways of racial prejudice, by peaceful ways. His leadership of victory marches to protest the ever prevalent bias between the races, became the guiding light for all peaceful protests to follow.
Dr. Martin Luther King had a deep desire to lead people to Jesus Christ, to help people to find that inner peace that only comes from Jesus Christ dwelling in their heart and soul by his precious words of truth dwelling in their heart.
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart—intelligence and goodness—shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature.” Dr. King
He was so effective in his mission by combining his preaching the gospel, and telling people that they can peacefully present their cause by standing up and peacefully marching. They could with Christian kindness make a greater impression on people with the truth, to show their passionate need for change.
Dr. King’s well known messages touched the hearts of people who had grown up with despair because of their own lack of hope by being treated so bad most of their life.
Dr. King would not live long enough to see that over many, many years his dream for better relationships between the races could and would happen among some of the peacemakers. His short life reaped great rewards over a long period of time.
Bias between the races would always be evident in those whose evil knows no race but works in violence against all people. He was assassinated when he was only 39 years old, he was murdered in 1968.
Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated while on the balcony of his hotel room, in Memphis Tennessee. His last words spoken were to his long-time friend and musician Ben Branch, “Ben, make sure you play ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty.”
Moments later Martin Luther King, would stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, feeling free at last from the oppressions of the world.
(End of the excerpt)
Violence took the life of a man whose legacy will last as long as people can tell his story of his lasting love for his people. He valued life enough to do his protesting with peace, while living in a violent world.
Dr. Martin Luther King is one of my heroes, for all the good he did toward bringing good people together. It’s time for good people to pay their respects to a job well done by a “Hero of our hearts” and once again renew our vow to protest in a peaceable way.
We must instead of becoming part of a crowd as violent as the one who murdered an innocent man in front of the world, be a pattern of change and protest peacefully.
Let the good people’s voices be heard and encourage justice to be done, legally and in order because that is the reasonable way to address this terrible murderous act upon George Floyd.
Let peace reign in a “peaceful march” to respect the man so cruelly murdered and to respect Dr. Martin Luther King who so bravely gave his life, that others might address their own failure to respect all people according to their character, not because of their color.
We will echo, the quote from Dr. Martin Luther King once again because we want it to be etched in your mind, and a leading element for you to step up with good means of righting the wrongs of the heart and mind, by renewing all he stood for in a peaceful means of protest. Teach those who weren’t born yet, or living in America how to be great by protesting in peace, and treating others as you want to be treated, equally and with kindness. Bring back Dr. Martin Luther Kings legacy of peace! Do him proud, live with a good heart to others and try to be somebody’s hero.
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart—intelligence and goodness—shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature.” Dr. Martin Luther King
“ Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.” Holy Bible
My desire with this article is that it will encourage people to step up in a good way to effect a good change in one’s heart and mind toward all people and to only protest peacefully.
Joan Jessalyn Cox
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Heroes of the Heart will soon be published, hopefully by the last two weeks in June, 2020.
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