Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
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.
I have a dream today. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American activist who is best known for his advancement of civil rights in the 50s and 60s. Martin Luther King, Jr. was known for his nonviolent protest techniques, in line with his Christian beliefs. He championed many causes, including non-violence, his religion, racial equality, compensation for historical wrongs, and family planning. He helped to organize several important events in history, including the March on Washington, where he delivered his very famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
It’s important to reflect on the work that Martin Luther King, Jr. did and to think about where we are today. In some ways, we have come very far when it comes to racial equality. Schools are no longer segregated. Black people are no longer required to sit in the back on buses. There are no longer segregated bathrooms or water fountains. Racism isn’t necessarily as obvious as it was, but it’s still most certainly there, and it’s still affecting the lives of people of color in very profound ways every single day.
That’s why it’s important for us as human rights advocates to honor his sacrifice by fighting against racism everywhere we see it. It’s important that we start with ourselves; everyone has some internalized racism within them, and we must take time to look at our ways of thinking and identify the ways in which we exhibit racist thinking and behaviors and correct them in order to become better advocates.
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