A Legendary Hero Who Helped Change Our World

 In Archetype Character, Hero

After our most recent election season a storm of political and civil unrest is brewing. During this historic moment in our country, we look to one of the most noteworthy and accomplished social activists in American history.

We see him, as a Magician Archetype in his ability to create social change in America we once believed was impossible. We see him as a Revolutionary Archetype in his capacity to take an ironclad political system and innovate real lasting changes for the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

There are only a handful of activist leaders quite as memorable as Martin Luther King, Jr. and in light of the recent election season we take a look at his strides to change our world from the frame of the Hero Archetype.

A Memorable Man

What makes people memorable is more often how they make you feel, not as much what they say. With Martin Luther King, Jr. it was the way he made people feel, what he said, and what he did that created the heroic legend he was while alive and still is today. MLK was a Hero in terms of his Archetype and as an American in general.

He was highly productive in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, disciplined as a pastor and an activist. He was focused, courageous and indisputably hard working.

“Even in the face of violence, force, and brutality MLK persisted in the form of a Hero. He did not give up on his values and beliefs, he did not give up on the people, and he was not arrogant in his efforts.”

A Hero Archetype knows that there is good and bad in the world and as a Hero they are always on the side of what they believe to be good. They do things because they know they’re the right things to do. A Hero is willing to take risks most people wouldn’t to do what is right.

Martin Luther King, Jr. woke up every day with a sense of purpose ready to fight and stand up for his beliefs. Racial equality among Americans was a worthy and honorable fight and in order to keep going he was required to make self-sacrifices and to maintain faith, courage, strength, and stamina. The man as we know him did not burn out, though any Hero in that situation likely would.

More Than A Speaker

Martin Luther King, Jr. impacted the African-American Civil Rights Movement in many ways but most notable was his effectiveness in bringing publicity to major civil rights activities and efforts, his emphasis on nonviolent protest and resistance, and his leadership to the African-American Civil Rights Movement overall.

We know him for the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, The March on Washington’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and of course for his influence on notable legislation during his time campaigning for racial equality.

Even in the face of violence, force, and brutality MLK persisted in the form of a Hero. He did not give up on his values and beliefs, he did not give up on the people, and he was not arrogant in his efforts. Had his time not been cut short the examples of his heroism would likely go on and on.

Today we are left with the history of his accomplishments and the echoes of his words that allow us to look to Martin Luther King, Jr. as an outstanding example of a Hero Archetype.

Curious about your Archetype? Does the Hero story resonate with you?

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