The concept of race is no longer the automatic boundary it once was — even if we still have not completely achieved the point where people are judged not by their skin color but rather by the content of their character. The efforts and achievements of King and countless others have not only made it possible for Barack Obama to become the first black President of the United States, yet in addition made remarkable windows for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, and essentially anybody who had already been given a check that has, as King put it, “come back marked ‘insufficient funds.'” For that progress, we have Dr. King to give gratitude for. He turned the wave of history in just 13 brief years before being cut down by an assassin at just 39. He did so not through restraint and coercion, but rather influence and persuasion — by nonviolently and peacefully asserting a moral authority that forced America to go up against both its past and its present.Today, we seek to put into practice many of the principles for which the Civil Rights leaders advocated by purposely enlisting the finest individuals regardless of their race, gender, age or sexual orientation, so that individuals of numerous types can have the chance to build their own American dream. For many Americans, Dr. King’s most legendary speech is both profoundly inspirational and deeply personal. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream Speech” was charred into the intellect of thousands of people on the 28th of August, 1963. He spoke in the desires of solidifying a destiny for African-Americans and passing on the meaning of equality amongst all men and women. “…the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination,” King said. Nowadays, we are seeing less segregation than before but it’s still prevalent in the public eye today. Although these words were declared over 50 years ago, it’s bizarre and relatively frightening to read this command of language and realize how accurate King’s words were about today’s society.
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