Dr. King’s Legacy of Dignity

Dr. King did not go to Birmingham, or any other place he went, because black people were being wronged, but because “injustice was there.” We should remember Dr. King’s legacy not as a struggle for black people or even poor people, but as a struggle for the idea that a person’s dignity comes not from skin color, gender, sexuality, net worth or occupation or any other thing that causes prejudice in our hearts; rather, a person’s dignity comes from the mere fact that he or she participates in humanity. By focusing on all the other secondary identities of a person, we alienate ourselves from one another and in the process prevent each other from fully actualizing ourselves.

Civil Rights Continue Presently

I have moved around the country for the majority of my life, most recently hailing from Washington State, one of the absolute whitest places, as far as I’m concerned, on the planet. I went to a public high school where I could probably count the entire African American and Hispanic population on two hands. Though the majority of the people there have no notion of racial diversity, and therefore racial discrimination, you can still see Dr. King’s impact reverberate through the gay rights movement that is taking place now, specifically in Washington. Dr. King represented a peaceful, though perceptible, end to discrimination of all types, and his methods and ideologies are prevalent even today, as with the gay rights movement. Discrimination will continue to manifest itself for generations to come in unsightly ways, preying on the vulnerable and oppressed, but with Martin Luther King Junior’s ever-relevant example, we know that we are armed against it and are able to combat it, forever in hope of achieving peaceful equality for all.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a large impact on me. There are still certain places in my hometown where you can see what it was like before the movement. There is a certain produce market where they have separate water fountains and bathrooms for blacks. However, they do not use them separately anymore because of the impact of Martin Luther King. Now, my town is very diverse and I was able to attend schools that were very diverse. I had a chance to learn about different people and their cultures because of the diversity of the schools I attended. Without the work of Martin Luther King I would not be able to say this about the town I grew up in.

Martin Luther King Jr.

King led a movement that helped America overcome some of its worst and most blatant racism. What made him the right man at the right time to do this? He did extraordinary things, but in writing, King’s early life might not seem all that extraordinary. He grew up in a middle class home, he was the son of a preacher, he went to seminary school. What kind of person do we need in today’s age to tackle the arguably tougher, harder to define discrimination challenges we now face? What kind of person would be able to rally people around a cause that is invisible to many? Can there be another King?

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