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Laws exist, by definition, to be the servants of justice. When laws try to dictate justice, the perversion can sometimes elevate a population to action to reinstitute the natural order of the relationship. Recognizing those laws that attempt to become masters and subvert justice, human instinct calls us to rally against such arrogance. A culture’s inner compass ultimately raises leaders and a community’s consciousness to remove rebellious laws and enact those that honor their mistress.
The endurance of a young unknown pastor of a small church led a movement, against the odds. The endurance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his courage as a leader moved the entire country to strive toward victory to overcome codified injustice.
It is most certain that Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as all those who looked to them for leadership in Apartheid afflicted South Africa, were bolstered by the courage, endurance and victory of Dr. King in their pursuit of justice in their own country. Mr. Mandela most likely read and was encouraged by King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail while he himself was incarcerated on Robben Island. It has, in fact, been recorded that Nelson Mandela wept the day he first visited the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, the site where Dr. King was assassinated.
As certain as gravity, injustice is rejected and justice is perennially sought and strived for. Examples exist throughout history and even in our present day. The drive is as natural to us as maternal instinct.