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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Introduction

Martin Luther King Jr. Case Study by Stephen Rowlands Who was King? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of destiny, a missionary of peace who had risen to the lofty heights of spiritual awareness, a towering hero and historical role model whose mission in life was to serve others and one of only a few genuine prophets produced by Western Civilisation. His wisdom, words, commitment, deeds and dreams for a new cast of life were intertwined with the noblest of human aspirations; there is nothing in his life that was not full of hope. He was a charismatic figure who attracted people by the magnificence of his concepts, and the brilliance of his insights. Many people believe that there are no direct connections between the behaviour of an entrepreneur and the behaviour of a human rights activist but there is evidence suggesting that there are common links between both contrasting entities. Like any successful entrepreneur King demonstrated the attributes that went a long way to help change the lives of millions of people. There were a few active successful entrepreneurs in the era of King but their impact was minimal when measured to King's contribution to America, King was an agent of change that shaped a nation. There are many attributes and characteristics of entrepreneurs and they are argued across national boundaries however, successful entrepreneurs share the same characteristics regardless of national boundaries, many of these characteristics can be applied to and were exercised by Martin Luther King. Many people including academics argue that King did not act entrepreneurially or did not possess any entrepreneurial characteristics and attributes and that he was just an activist fighting a losing cause. I will try to dismiss some of these notions and put forward my case that King did posses and applied many entrepreneurial characteristics. Some argue that King was just a cult role model who developed a cult following on par with the likes of Elvis Presley (another king) ...read more.

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Nature V's Nurture The nature versus nurture argument seems to be a natural progression from linkages between success and education. It is common knowledge that education is an integral process of nurturing an individual; people at a young age are nurtured by the use of education. King was a well-educated individual and I believe his success was nurtured through many processes. I find it hard to believe that successful individuals or entrepreneurs are simply created at birth. If any individuals are born with entrepreneurial ambitions they simply need to be nurtured over a period of time and education will play a large part in the process. An individual will determine whether he or she is entrepreneurial at a later stage in their lives and not as a young child, there are too many goings on at the early stages of a child's life, most children will not say they want to be a successful entrepreneur at the age of eight. Perhaps these entrepreneurial ambitions lay dormant in an individuals mind and body and they will be stimulated through a process, I firmly believe that the educational process stimulates any dormant entrepreneurial ambitions in an individual. King success was nurtured through positive and negative experiences; King was one of the very few black American citizens to have a college education and during his Ph. D he got married to Coretta Scott in June 1953 and shortly afterwards had his first child, both of which are very positive experiences. I believe that King's enterprising behaviour was nurtured through his college education and the need to change the current anti-Semitic environment for his new family. He knew at the age of twenty six that he had to do something in order to bring about change for the black minority, King would not of had this notion at the age of eight. The experience of having a family would have triggered the need to act enterprising and these enterprising ambitions would have been nurtured through King's time in education. ...read more.

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According to Drucker the American black population do not see their own achievements, two thirds have moved into the middle class, economically and socially and the remaining one third failing to make the same advancement. No one has experienced the change in society more than the female black American citizens; the period up until the 1960s was commonly referred to as the darkest of the dark ages, with black American women denied any role in society. Now there are black female song artists, athletes, actresses, high profile mangers and even politicians. On an economic scale, change was seen to been slow and condemned to the underground however, this is now changing. During the past three to four decades black owned enterprises were very rare and the black American citizens were seen as a strain on the economy as a whole, they were seen as most likely to be in receipt of benefits, special allowances and were more likely to be involved with crime, this is still viewed as the case today in parts of America and other countries around the world. Today, black American citizens contribute to the economy for example, music performed by black artists is the fastest growing and best selling form of music in the world and generates billions of dollars for American artists and American record labels. Sporting achievements bring fame and fortune to many organisations boxing, athletics, basketball, gridiron to name a few generate billions of dollars for organisations such as Nike, Addidas and Reebok many sporting icons are black and American and worldwide organisations are aware of this. So, to conclude this case study, I firmly believe that Martin Luther King acted entrepreneurially, demonstrated entrepreneur characteristics and helped shape the environment for millions of people. King became successful through his high energy level; observations and enterprising behaviour outlined in this case study. King brought about drastic changes and he adapted well in his hostile environment. King's enterprising activity is on par with many entrepreneurs past and present and his achievements will be recognised many years from now. King was an entrepreneur and an influential human rights leader. ...read more.

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