Civil Rights Movement: More Responsive Government and Economic Opportunities
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the holiday that commemorates the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the Civil Rights Movement. It is not, however, just a day dedicated to the struggles of minorities and the working poor, which are groups King often represented. It is a day dedicated to the struggle for the civil liberties of all Americans, for “equal protection” under the Law, and for more responsive government. Where the Civil Rights Movement is traditionally considered an effort to further the interests of minorities, women, and the poor, it was actually a political campaigning to ensure government serves all US citizens.
Through writings, speeches, and demonstrations, Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. championed the need for democratic representation and more responsive governance. Instead of resorting to violence in their pursue of the interests of blacks, disenfranchised workers, and women, the Civil Rights movement used peaceful means to demand the government protect the freedoms and rights of all. In relying on civil disobedience and actionable demands, even in the face of violence, the Civil Rights Movement was able to successful lobby government in service of the disenfranchised. MLK Day reminds the world that it still needs a Civil Rights Movement to ensure government serves the People.
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