Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has always been someone I looked up to. As a matter of fact, most black people looked up to him. Quite sure this is common knowledge.
Today I saw a post that read, 5 Things You May Not Have Known About MLK. The post gave these facts that most people already know.
While reading the post, all I thought about was that one obscure fact that usually isn't shared about MLK. Martin Luther King Jr., the preacher, spent countless hours in dive bars.
King would visit bars to give updates to patrons on the civil rights movement. MLK would also take the time to listen to the patrons of the bars. He would find out about issues going on in their communities.
As I fast-forward to today, I thought about a meeting that I attendant recently where a school leader exclaimed, "I think I may need to go to some of these clubs in order to get some parent interested in these SAC and PTA meetings."
As those words rolled out of the leaders mouth, all I thought about was the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King valued communicating with some of the most under-served African Americans in this country. We as school leaders must do the same.
A true leaders goes high and low to build relationships with the people that he or she serves. We must meet the people that we serve where they feel most comfortabe to get a true understanding of them and their children.