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Where Would the World Be Without Mlk Jr.

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Where Would the World be Without Martin Luther King Jr.

In the mid 1900s, the United States of America faced an era in which African Americans were treated unfairly and discriminated against due to the color of their skin. Most people referred to this action as racism. Webster defines racism as a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others. This theory was expressed in the 1900s with many people in the United States. Due to this term, many strong individuals, such as, Martin Luther King Jr., created the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement was a worldwide political movement for equality before the law occurring between approximately 1950 and 1980. It was accompanied by much civil unrest and popular rebellion. The process was long and tenuous in many countries, and most of these movements did not achieve or fully achieve their objectives. However, despite many failures, Martin Luther King Jr. was able to get his point across to the nation about equality and discrimination.

      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holds a position in history as perhaps the best-known and most respected freedom fighter. In a deplorable assassination that shocked the world, Dr. King was shot and killed on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King has now been dead longer than he lived. But what an extraordinary life it was. When he was killed, King was organizing a poor people's campaign that would cross racial boundaries to attack the economic structures that institutionalize poverty.

      People think of the modern civil-rights movement as being only about African Americans. And though we were the ones out in front of the movement, it was about more than getting a seat in a restaurant or on a bus; it was about making America truer to its best self. Martin Luther King Jr., who has come to symbolize the movement,...

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