What does it mean to have equal rights? Does it mean we are all alike or does it mean we all should be entitled to whatever life has to offer? The Civil Rights Movement was further clarification of what It means to be free. There were earlier times in history when freedom and equality were addressed, but somehow never fully understood or realized. In the selection the MerryrGorRound. by Langston Hughes, we discussed in class how powerful of a piece it was because it was written from a childs perspective.
Even a Child can see the impossibility of inequality in a Circle, Ayoung child doesnt understand the difference between front and back and it doesnt matter as long as he gets to ride the merry-go-round. Maybe its only our adult minds that have the power to determine or to give a meaning to front and back and to black and white. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the voice that broughl awareness to the problems that Negroes still faced.
Even though Negroes had been freed, Dr. King brought it to the publics attention that their freedom was not a true reality. The Negroes were not free to experience even/day life the same as everyone else. They were segregated into different areas of every place they went. every thing they rode, and every public facility they used. Dr. King saw the injustice and knew it was his mission to help bring equality to everyone. To some degree he took this assignment on alone and was dedicated that the freedom he sought would not come from Violence.
Dr. Kings I have a Dream speech was his address to the growing unrest in the black population. He lifted up the vision of his followers by giving the hope of a dream of true equality for all. He did this by describing in great detail his vision for the future. He stressed that faith would be the foundation of this change and that all men would experience each other as children of God. Alice Walkers tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. makes us realize how powerful his words were.
She shares her own history, her familys lack of material possessions and value of treasured memories. She shares her memory of watching Dr. King on the teleVIsion when she was a child and how it impacted her life. She knew she would have to fight for her rights. We are reminded that his blood won the freedom blacks know now. Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement were the next step in the quest for freedom. He raised equality to a new level and his work lives on as an inspiration to all, Although our country experiences more equality than ever before, perhaps the next step will be on a world level. One only has to watch the news to know that inequality is still alive and growing in the rest of the world. Perhaps the words of Dr. King and the knowledge gained from the Civil Rights Movement can be applied at a world level.