Yes, No, Maybe So: In 2013, Would Martin Luther King, Jr. Be Proud?
Martin Luther King Jr. – his memory represents many things- equal rights, love, determination, strength, a man of God. For African Americans, his life and accomplishments hold additional meaning, as many will attest that if it was not for the work of MLK Jr., and the thousands like him that he represents, that African Americans as a whole would not have access to many of the opportunities that are available today. In 2012, one of the best examples of this was the re-election of President Barack Obama, a feat that 45 years ago- the year Dr. King was murdered- seemed unbelievable.
Yet with all of the successes of African Americans as a culture in 2012, there were also elements that some would consider the opposite of progress. School dropout rates, violence within the community, and the promotion of negative stereotypes about African American culture were all prevalent in 2012 as well.
As the United States prepares to celebrate his memory on Martin Luther King Day, and commemorate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama’s second term, do you think if Martin Luther King Jr. were still alive, that he would be proud of where African Americans are, as a culture, today?