Martin Luther King Jr. as leader: A TED Talks playlist


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Today in the United States, we’ll celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader. Dr. King was an activist, an orator, a thinker, and — as several recent TED Talks have pointed out — a visionary leader. These four speakers touch on ways in which King’s passionate style galvanized a movement whose time had come.

Freeman Hrabowski marched with Martin Luther King Jr. when he was just 12 years old. He told his parents, “I’ve got to go. I want to go. I have to be a part of this.” Says Hrabowski, “Sometimes when people do things that are courageous, it doesn’t really mean that they’re that courageous. It simply means that they believe it’s important to do it.”


Midway through her talk at TEDWomen 2011, Elizabeth Lesser points to Dr. King as an example of “ubuntu” in action. To define the term, she quotes him: “I can…

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