Dreaming for Change

by MoJo JoJo on Mars 30, 2015 - 11:48pm

Over the course of history, many influential people have come and gone. Arguably, one of the most influential among them was Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The role he played in the civil rights movement in the 1950s was vital. He shed light on racism and flead peaceful manifestations to fight for the civil rights of blacks, women and veterans ("Martin Luther King Jr."). He has become a household name as his legacy and accomplishements continue to have an effect on modern day society.

Born and raised in Atlanta in the first half of the twentieth century, Martin Luther King Jr. felt the effect of segregation at an early age. Growing up, he was separated from his white friend due to racial discrimination. At the age of twenty-five, he became a pastor and, thusly, allowed Jesus Christ to be his main influence. In the southern part of the United States in the mid 1950s, at the height of racism, he lead a peaceful civil rights movement that included sit-ins, boycotts and most famously, his “I Have a Dream” speech. He advocated equality and liberty for all Americans. He was best known for his non-violent approach to racial relations between Whites and Africa Americans ("Martin Luther King Jr.").

King’s accomplishments have led to a more ethnically inclusive American society. His movement has changed for the better the way people interact with each other. It is no exaggeration to say that the world would not be the same without him. His movement brought a greater social, economic and political justice to all (MacLean). There is no question that Dr King had a positive influence on modern society. Unfortunately, however, his goal and dream of complete racial neutrality has come true. African Americans continue to face prejudice and discrimination on a daily basis. Recently, in August 2014, violent riots erupted after police shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18 year old African American, in Ferguson, Missouri. As reported in the New York Times, the confrontation between police and Brown incited a strong debate about the relationship that law enforcement services have with African Americans (Buchanan). This shows that, while Dr King’s movement made substantial progress for racial equality, Martin Luther King’s idea of a completely neutral society with equal rights for all has yet to come true.

 

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Buchanan, Larry. ‘What Happened in Ferguson?’. New York Times. Web. 30 Mar. 2015. <http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/ferguson-missouri-town-....

MacLean, Nancy. “The Civil Rights Movement: 1968—2008.” Freedom’s Story, TeacherServe©. National Humanities Center. DATE YOU ACCESSED ESSAY.
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"Martin Luther King Jr." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 29 Mar. 2015. http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086