While Dr. Martin Luther King was alive, he managed to be at the forefront of the most influential era ever for Black people. He made a huge impact on the world, yet his dream did not completely come true. He took a significant step forward, but Black people have a ways to go before we can call ourselves integrated. We’re still being shut out economically, so it’s up to new Black leaders to continue the fight.
MLK was known for only leading peaceful protests, as he believed in nonviolent integration. He believed all races could live in harmony and operate in an equal economy. Integration didn’t just mean the opposite of segregation, it meant equal treatment and equal opportunity to play the game of capitalism. MLK has also said that integration is not the same as assimilating – acting like white people. He outlined this goal in his “I Have A Dream Speech,” as it was his most radical speech. This powerful speech led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was a massive win for us, but only scratched the surface of MLK’s infamous dream.
Thanks to MLK and his civil rights efforts, Black men and women today don’t go through blatant racism and unfair public treatment… as much. With this opportunity comes the chance for Black people to build something for themselves and build generational wealth. MLK tore down the barriers, so that we had a fair shot at the American Dream. Thanks to MLK, we have rights so now there’s no reason not to dream. The problem with our community and the reason why MLK’s dream has yet to come true is because we don’t have enough dreamers. The road will be tough and we’ll have to fight injustices as they come, just like our ancestors did back in the day, but we have to dream so we can create change in the world.
By Gary Langfield Jr., Senior, The Noble Academy
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