MLK and His Impact Today

Gordon Fischer Law Firm

Jermal Hall, Staff Writer

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     Martin Luther King Jr. fought his entire life for better equality in America, and for civil rights for all people regardless of what their race is. During one of the times that was the most difficult and troubling in American history, King was a leader and still is a symbol for all races in America who have and continue to strive for equality. Through his nonviolent protests such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, sit ins, and marches, King brought national media attention to civil rights activities and efforts. With this attention, legislation was passed due to King’s efforts, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his dynamic leadership in the Civil Rights Movement and for his commitment to achieving racial justice through nonviolent action. Although his commitment led to his tragic and untimely assassination in 1968, his message and fight is still carried on to this day. Even after all he accomplished and achieved, there is still racism and social injustice for all minorities in America. However, King has inspired a generation to turn his dream into a reality; a reality “where every man and woman will not be judged by their skin color, but by the content of their character.”

At MHS today, this is how Kings impact is still felt in these hallways.         

“He’s given people a voice,” senior Sidney Bowen stated. “He’s made people more aware of how they treat others and how to treat others as well.”

Even teachers feel King’s impact on the world today and reflect on how he has impacted this nation.

“It’s evident that his impact is still around today,” English teacher Mrs.Johnson commented. “just with all of the minorities elected into congress in the most recent elections, he has inspired the younger generation that they have the opportunity to represent America because of King,

¨He was a man before his time, he never saw a difference and never judged their color or where theyŕe from and advocated for people,” MHS senior Taylor Dobbs shared. “Where we are as a nation is because of his advocating, a lot of people these days line up differently such as democrat or republican and people need to come together because at the end of the day we are all God’s children.”

“People realized what he was trying to do for the world,”MHS senior Taylor Dobbs shared. “People knew he was a great leader and realized his dream and are working towards turning his dream into a reality.”

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