Althoughhe wasn’t Catholic, King.
used a significant amount of Catholic references inhis teachings. Most of his teachings relate to the Principles of CatholicSocial Teachings. The Catholic social teachings,are the Catholic views humandignity and participating in good for the society. One of these, is TheDignity of the Human Person. This states that everyone, in spite ofgender, age, or race unlimited respect.
Our dignity doesn’t come from who weare or what we possess; it comes from God because we are all His children. Froma young age, King learnedfrom his father that every human being belongs to God and therefore is veryvaluable to Him. He was also aware of the fact that because of the previouspractices of slavery, and continuous discrimination this dignity in hisfollowers was severely diminished. He put forth his best efforts, into helpingto bring back everything they had lost; including their dignity. Being an ethicist,King knew that God is the source of humans the only source of our dignity.
People have irreplaceable worth because they are God’s creations; He loves andcares for us. Another teaching that he often references, is Solidarity.This says that we should protect everyone as they are our heavenly brothers andsisters.
We should all be treated as one, regardless of race, ethnicity, orideals. Solidarity teaches us to love and care for everyone; love gives thepower to make changes. It is also a very important theme, in his famous “I Havea Dream Speech”. In his speech, DrMartin Luther King Jr quotes that “One day right here in Alabama, little blackboys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys andwhite girls as sisters and brothers.” King also quoted that “With this faith,we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to goto jail together, and to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will befree one day”. These lines from his speech, show that King believed that we areall one human family and he hoped that one day, we would realize that we areall brothers and sisters, regardless of differences. He said, that there is nogene for racism; it is learned, and anything you learn, can be unlearned.
Solidarity teaches us to cherish other people and torespect everyone individual ideals and beliefs. We should allow everyone toreach their fullest potential while respecting everyone’s rights and dignity. Thiswill make a more pleasant world to live in.