Impact of Martin Luther King on Modern Society

There have been many events that have occurred in the past. Many leaders, trends, types of music, artist, and all types of events. Both of  the good and bad things that have occurred made an impact on the way we live today and both good and bad things have come out of it. Every single thing that occurred in the past shaped the way we live today and the way our society is. One person who truly made a good change in history that had a good impact today is Martin Luther King Jr.

He is one of the many good leaders that has had one of the biggest impacts in society today and without him maybe things wouldn’t be the way they are now.

Martin Luther King Jr. was alive from January 15, 1929, to April 4, 1968. This was the time that there was a lot of racial segregation. Racial segregation is when a group of people is treated differently/separated from a certain race because of their race.

For example, they would have to go to different schools, churches, water fountains, restrooms, or restaurants. There were some things that they could go to as well, but they could only be in a certain part of it like on the bus. Martin Luther King Jr. believed racial segregation wasn’t right and that everyone should be treated equally and have the same rights. He follows his beliefs and heart and did many things during the time he lived so everyone could have equal rights.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He went to segregated public schools as he grew up and graduated from high school when he was fifteen. Martin Luther King Jr. went to Morehouse College where he a B.A degree in 1948 in medicine and law. After college, he went to Pennsylvania where he joined Crozer Theological Seminary and got a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He was also elected president at his predominately white senior class. After that, he went to Boston University where he met his wife, Coretta Scott, who was a young singer from Alabama. They had four kids, Yolanda Denise King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and Bernice Albertine King. Martin Luther King Jr. was a co-pastor at the church we got married from 1960 until he died along with his father who served as pastor. On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks, another leader that believed everyone should have equal rights, got arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger and Activists started a bus boycott that lasted for 381 days they chose Martin Luther King Jr. as the leader and official spokesman to protest. This was when Martin Luther King Jr started to inspire people and protest for equal rights. He gave speeches and organized big protest marches and boycotts to achieve his goal of equal rights for everyone until he died. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

Some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s biggest events/most effective events/achievements are:

  • I have a dream speech
  • The Bus Boycott he led; lasted 381 days which made the public transit system and downtown business owners struggle because they weren’t getting that much money
  • Founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • He also led the Birmingham Campaign; Birmingham was one of the most segregated places
  • He organized protest marches like the Great March on Washington; to get basic civil rights
  • He used non-violent ways to protest
  1. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed; This act ended segregation in public places as well as employment discrimination based on skin color/race, religion, sex, and national origin.
  2. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed; This meant the African Americans also had the right to vote so there would be no racial discrimination in voting

You already know what happened during the period that Martin Luther King Jr. was alive and some of his accomplishments and the results of the things he did. What if, what if one of these events didn’t happen? How would that affect the way our society is today? What if Martin Luther King Jr. would have even been born? Martin Luther King Jr. did a lot of things to change the way African Americans were treated and to eliminate segregation to the best he could. There was a Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act thanks to his efforts and inspiration to millions to protest to get the right they deserved and should have had the right to all along.

If Martin Luther King Jr. would have never been born then the results most likely would have been a Civil Rights Act or Voting Rights Act or at least not until later. So, there would still be segregation if no one else does something as Martin Luther King Jr. did. Maybe today there would still be racial segregation and maybe even worse or maybe not as bad. Maybe there would have been someone else that stepped up and inspired people to do what Martin Luther King Jr. inspired millions to do, which was to get equal rights so they can be treated equally. Just a bit later and the outcome would have been the same and today our society would be the same as it is now and instead of there being a Martin Luther King Jr. day would be whoever else changed society. Also, there wouldn’t be no I have a Dream speech and maybe that would  change how it is now in days since that speech is very famous.

All in all, what if doesn’t exist it’s just what happened and that’s it (.) We can’t spend our time wondering what if this happened or what if that happened because at the end we can’t go back in time and change what happened. So even if we don’t like what happened we have to walk it off and learn from it and try to make things better. That’s it that’s we can do about the things that happen unless someone one day makes a time machine and we can go back in time to change events, but even still things happen for a reason and without our mistakes, we can’t learn. So, even if Martin Luther King Jr. wouldn’t have been born we wouldn’t be able to know what happened because he was born and that’s just that.

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