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Thank you Martin Luther King Jr.

If I were still in the classroom, this post would provide considerable teaching material for a unit on Dr. King. I found students are inspired by the work fo great people, including Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, etc. Hans-Georg Gadamer suggested we need images for our imaginations. These people and many others provide such images in times when we do not readily see them.


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Why do the good men and women die young? Martin Luther King Jr. knew his death was near. He stood his ground till his last day. The world knew. A man of peace was gone.

About Dr. King


Beyond Civil Rights

King speaks out on the Vietnam War and forms the Poor People’s Campaign, designed to prod the federal government to strengthen its antipoverty efforts.



During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings…

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About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. Great leaders die young because they are murdered so that the status quo can remain in place. The people in charge do not want things to change, so they get rid of those who can bring about that change. Pretty simple really.

  2. He was truly a inspirational person ❣ ❤

  3. Yes, living in the US, I’ve never lost touch with MLK’s meaning. Those days, once tattooed into memory, are never forgotten by me, at least.

  4. Amazing that humans can decide to follow those whose sole purpose is their self serving nature, and the intense gullibility of the average person is astounding.

    I cringe when I think of the many that have been assassinated when all they wanted to do was make a better place.

    At least the USA and by extension the world has a day to remember a great man.

    • Good to hear from you George. I agree that remembering aperson and their legacy is essential to the rest of us moving forward. We often confuse self-interest with everyone’s interest. It is the flaw of capitalism, which is grounded in moral philosophy. Our self-interest should be to leave the world “indefinably better” in the words of Wendell Berry and Aristotle.

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  6. A prominent figure in American history. However, the less people know about his personal life the better as per his legacy.

  7. thanks for sharing this, ivan 🙂

  8. a great man who knowingly stood on the shoulders of giants including Gandhi, Christ, Buddha. A flash of light and inspiration, to be sure.

  9. He was shot on my birthday and so I often think of him.The tragedies of the sixties


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