Mlk Civil Rights Speech

2211 Words9 Pages
At some point in our lives, we have to make a choice, whether to stand up for what we believe in or to let society define our lives for us. Imagine yourself being an African American in the 1950’s. You have just finished a long shift at work and you are completely exhausted. Your bus pulls up and you get on with a couple of other people who pay the same amount as you; however, the section where you can sit is in the back of the bus because of the color of your skin. You decide to sit near the middle right at the beginning of your section and the bus continues going from stop to stop. After one of the stops the bus driver notices that the section for the whites is now full, so he orders you and the other colored people in your row to move…show more content…
He believed in nonviolent protests and he advised others to use marches, sit-ins, and peaceful demonstrations to bring attention to segregation and inequality between races. He remained committed to this approach and he slowly inspired people on a national level. In 1963, he led the march on Washington that was designed for jobs and freedom. His speech was given in front of 250,000 people and in his main emphasis King stated, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Without the leadership of King, there would not have been a way to produce the leaders of today like Barack Obama. King’s commitments to non-violent protests were extremely beneficial to creating a better America for his race, but unfortunately not everyone used the same approach as…show more content…
They stood up for what they deserved and it paid dividends. The Voting Rights Act, The Civil Rights Act, and the desegregation of schools just to name a few. Although it came with many backlashes, the overall impact of the Civil Rights Movement changed the way America treated other races. America was built on the core values of liberty and justice for all. One of the main issues in society today is that people think the Civil Rights Movement ended racial issues and that everyone is treated equally, but if you open your eyes and really look into what is going on in our society, we still have a lot to accomplish. In history class, we are taught about how horrific southerners used to be toward blacks and how Martin Luther King Jr protested and because of his efforts he was awarded a Nobel Prize. We are taught that segregation ended and the Civil Rights Movement was a huge success, but did it really accomplish what it was designed to do? Sure there were amendments created and laws past, but within our society has anything changed since the 1950’s? As Mahatma Gandhi, an extremely important civil rights leader in India once said, “be the change that you wish to see in the world. Then and only then the hard work and dedication that the civil rights leaders put into creating a better future for not only their kids, but ours as well will no longer be a dream, but a
Open Document