Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream for the Future Essay

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The future. A broad term. An abstract term. A term saturated with meaning, with importance, with significance. Each of us has a slightly different way of defining the word “future”. For some of us, “the future” refers simply to time. To a date. To a random assortment of letters and numbers. For others of us, however, “the future” takes on a completely different meaning. It refers not only to a specific time, but also to our hopes, our goals, our dreams for that time. In the case of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior, it was a “dream for the future” that eventually changed the world. Before Doctor King’s dream could change the world, however, it had to change a nation. Our nation. The United States of America in 1963 was far …show more content…
With this in mind, it is my dream for the future that those nations currently emerging from the darkness of discrimination, prejudice, and bigotry and into the broad daylight of equality and acceptance will choose to learn from the United States and other racially impartial nations in regards to achieving Doctor King’s dream. South Africa is one example of such a nation. A system known as Apartheid, literally meaning “separateness”, existed officially in South Africa for over forty years. Apartheid divided South Africans into four distinct racial groups and segregated residential areas, schools, and hospitals. Blacks, Asians, and those of mixed racial ancestry were considered inferior to whites and were not allowed to vote or to run for political office. Protest was met with the banning of opposition and the imprisonment of anti-apartheid leaders. Those discriminated against, however, refused to give up on their vision of a racially impartial South Africa. Apartheid ended officially in 1994, with negotiations culminating in a multi-racial democratic election during which Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa. The 1994 election marked not only the end of Apartheid, but also the beginning of a racially equal South African

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