Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream have affected the lives of the American people to this day. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for Civil Rights. He showed the world that it is possible to make significant changes without resorting to violence. Because of his efforts, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. This ended discrimination in areas of public life. For example, no longer could there be separate drinking fountains, separate bathrooms, as well as separate entrances to and seating sections in theaters. As a way to honor his legacy after his assassination, Congress passed this law.
Because of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream, we work in more integrated environments. We live in more integrated neighborhoods. We pray in more integrated houses of worship. People of different races are dating, marrying, and raising families. There are more opportunities for people regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. Fifty to sixty years ago many of these changes would have seemed impossible.
Martin Luther King, Jr. made an invaluable contribution to the world. He showed us significant changes that positively affect us can be made through non-violent protest.