Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

>On this day we are reminded of how far we have come with enhancing the civil liberties of Americans and reflect on the injustices that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. faced in order to gain our civil rights of freedom, equality, and dignity.

It was because of Dr. King along with Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Dr. King’s supporters that the Civil Rights Act was signed into law in 1964.

Dr. King is one of the few people in this Nation who truly was graced with the ability to positively enhance the lives of millions of Americans.

He knew he would not live to the ripe age as many of us may, but his ambitions to create civil rights and equality for all were more important to him than his life on this earth. This fact alone sets him far apart than many of our Country’s Leaders.

Dr. King was truly a man who changed our country. As a white person, I cannot begin to imagine how it feels to be discriminated against because of the color of my skin, but as a female, I have experienced discrimination back in the 1980s-90s, and once in a blue moon in this day and age.

Although Dr. King and his supporter’s efforts improved the quality of life for millions of people and we have come a long way since his assassination on April 4, 1968, I believe we still have room to develop. There’s still progress to be made against discrimination of people of color, with disabilities, women, senior citizens, and other groups who are still touched by inequality. I truly believe it’s time to unite and look past our cultural, religious, and secular differences and treat each other as equals.

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Wendy Card