“And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has finally been realized. All men (and women) are treated equally, and are continuing to fight for equality. The sons of former slaves and former slave owners coincide together. Interracial marriages are becoming more common and socially acceptable. Schools are integrated now. Asians, Hispanics, Blacks and Whites all play on the same playgrounds and eat at the same lunch tables.

Martin Luther King Jr. has been recognized as one of the most heroic fighters of the Civil Rights movement. He peacefully led his fellow blacks to the end of racial discrimination. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of thirty five, so at the time he was the youngest person it was ever awarded to. In his speech, he talked about his dream for the nation’s future. He knew the path to equality was going to be a hard one, but he still had faith anyways. He was unable to see his dream come true, but he planted the seed of hope in others, and they continued to fight for freedom until it was given. If Martin Luther King Jr. was still alive today, I believe he would be proud of how far equality has some in the nation, especially in the south. There are still obstacles to overcome and mountains to climb, but our society has come a long way. There are still places in our nation where freedom doesn’t ring, and people are still subjected to hatred because of their race. Hopefully, people will follow in Dr. King’s footsteps and continue to make a difference. We need to remember the powerful words of Dr. King, and continue to meet the challenges presented in our nation by inequality and prejudice. Discrimination needs to stop, not just on the basis of race, but also of gender, sexual orientation and religion.

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