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Is Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream a Reality Today?

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Do you think the Martin Luther King’s dream of a society in which people are judged not “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” has been realized? Why or why not? What can you personally do to build a more fair and just society?

Introduction

August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where 250,000 peaceful demonstrators of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds filled the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to show their support for equal treatment for African Americans under the law, and equal access to good jobs. The march took place on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln’s famous Civil War address that declared the majority of slave in the United States free.

While the Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal,” people of color received vastly different treatment from whites, even after the Civil War and the end of slavery. They weren’t allowed in many public schools, they had to eat at separate restaurants and use separate bathrooms, and they had to pay taxes and pass literacy tests to vote. The idea was to keep blacks “separate but equal.”

While at the time of the March on Washington African Americans had made great legal strides, like gaining the right to vote and attend schools, continued widespread discrimination meant that these and many other laws were often not enforced, especially in the South. With racial tension high and the robust non-violent protest movement gaining traction around the country, civil rights leaders decided that it was time for a massive demonstration in the nation’s capital to call for equal protection under the law.

Marchers came from all over the country on buses, trains and in cars. Three brave students walked and hitchhiked 700 miles to get there.

Nearly all of the leaders of the civil rights movement attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but the most famous part of the day was when Martin Luther King came to the podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation,” King said to the crowd.

One year later, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made segregation in public places illegal, required employers to provide equal employment opportunities, and protected the right to vote of every American, regardless of the color of their skin.

Resource

PBS NewsHour video The March on Washington at 50: What is its Relevance Today? – Aug. 12, 2013
To kick off our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the march, PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Jeffrey Brown recently posed a question to NewsHour regulars Michael Beschloss and Ellen Fitzpatrick, along with Kenneth Mack of Harvard Law School and George Chauncey of Yale University: “When you look back from this distance, what strikes you about [the March on Washington's] relevance to today, the way it is remembered or not?”


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More Resources

PBS video series The March @50 – Aug. 26, 2013
Fifty years after the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, has America delivered on the marchers’ demands for Jobs, Freedom, Equal Education and Voting Rights? In the documentary web series “The March @50,” filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman explores this question with a critical eye. Each short episode in the series examines a theme of the 1963 March on Washington through a contemporary lens. These short documentaries look at how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to address the major issues of the Civil Rights Era all these decades later.

PBS NewsHour Extra resources 10 Resources for Teaching the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington – Aug. 20, 2013
August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech. This anniversary presents the perfect opportunity to teach about the history of the civil rights movement and the ongoing effects of racial discrimination in America. NewsHour Extra has compiled a list of seven engaging lesson plans and one resource page to help teachers take on this depthy subject. Try them out, and let us know how you tackle this important subject in the classroom!

History Channel segment History Specials: King Leads the March on Washington – Jan. 7, 2012
On August 28, 1963, a quarter million people gather to support civil rights, and share Dr. King’s “dream” of equality.


KQED Do Now is produced in collaboration with PBS NewsHour Extra. This post was written by Allison McCartney of PBS NewsHour Extra.


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  • pamela webb

    the march in washigton been going on for a long time

    • yoda

      preach it brother man

  • pamela webb

    the march in washigton been going on for a long time

    • yoda

      preach it brother man

  • Adam Roe

    It has mostly improved, but racism is still prevalent. His dream has mostly been realized.

  • Adam Roe

    It has mostly improved, but racism is still prevalent. His dream has mostly been realized.

  • Cory von Seggern

    There is less racism between whites and blacks, but more racism against current immigrants. Sadly, we are still somewhat a racist society.

    • David Jenny

      I feel the race intolerance problem has gotten a lot better. But there are still places where racism is still prevalent. I agree race is more with immigrants. On T.V. I see border patrollers with the “get out of my country mentality” when actually it wasn’t even our country to begin with. I was born here but my Grandma was born in Italy. I have never tazered and handcuffed my Grandma telling her to get out of my country.

  • Cory von Seggern

    There is less racism between whites and blacks, but more racism against current immigrants. Sadly, we are still somewhat a racist society.

    • David Jenny

      I feel the race intolerance problem has gotten a lot better. But there are still places where racism is still prevalent. I agree race is more with immigrants. On T.V. I see border patrollers with the “get out of my country mentality” when actually it wasn’t even our country to begin with. I was born here but my Grandma was born in Italy. I have never tazered and handcuffed my Grandma telling her to get out of my country.

  • Nick M

    Improvement has been made in the direction of Martin Luther King’s dream coming true, but that dream has not yet been realized. The Supreme Court decided “racism was over in the South”. According to this article ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/voting-rights-act-supreme-court_n_3429810.html ) on the Huffington Post, the Supreme Court struck down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, no longer allowing the federal government to monitor southern polling stations. Yet, according to the same article, “The Voting Rights Act has recently been used to block a voter ID law in Texas and delay the implementation of another in South Carolina.” This, among several racial hate crimes, the uproar over Affirmative action, and other indications point to racism still being very much prevalent in modern society. The most important thing we can do, that I can do as an individual, is to help educate as many Americans as possible on the truth of equality and justice for all.

  • Nick M

    Improvement has been made in the direction of Martin Luther King’s dream coming true, but that dream has not yet been realized. The Supreme Court decided “racism was over in the South”. According to this article ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/voting-rights-act-supreme-court_n_3429810.html ) on the Huffington Post, the Supreme Court struck down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, no longer allowing the federal government to monitor southern polling stations. Yet, according to the same article, “The Voting Rights Act has recently been used to block a voter ID law in Texas and delay the implementation of another in South Carolina.” This, among several racial hate crimes, the uproar over Affirmative action, and other indications point to racism still being very much prevalent in modern society. The most important thing we can do, that I can do as an individual, is to help educate as many Americans as possible on the truth of equality and justice for all.

  • Chung

    I believe that great strides have been taken since the time of Martin Luther King Jr, I mean, we’ve even got a black president! However I also believe that racism has evolved in different directions, especially in the cases of college education and job opportunities.

  • Chung

    I believe that great strides have been taken since the time of Martin Luther King Jr, I mean, we’ve even got a black president! However I also believe that racism has evolved in different directions, especially in the cases of college education and job opportunities.

  • Will from Judge

    The idea of being judged by one’s character I believe is being promoted. Although racism is still evident, judgement of a person by their character is starting to become a central idea in our society. People are chosen for jobs, college, etc. by their qualifications not by the color of their skin. In the time that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech segregation was strongly promoted and black citizens were treated unjustly because of their skin color. Now jump to 2012, all races can do whatever they want (within the scope of the law) and legally cannot be turned down for anything by the color of their skin. Sports are integrated and our country’s leader is of color. But yet, MLK’s dream has not been fully achieved as shown in the case of Trayvon Martin. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/13/george-zimmerman-found-not-guilty/2514163/) This case shows the subconscious judgements that people make according to race. Our society is more improved, (along the lines of treating blacks equally) but as shown in the Trayvon Martin case, there is much citizens can improve on.

  • Will from Judge

    The idea of being judged by one’s character I believe is being promoted. Although racism is still evident, judgement of a person by their character is starting to become a central idea in our society. People are chosen for jobs, college, etc. by their qualifications not by the color of their skin. In the time that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech segregation was strongly promoted and black citizens were treated unjustly because of their skin color. Now jump to 2012, all races can do whatever they want (within the scope of the law) and legally cannot be turned down for anything by the color of their skin. Sports are integrated and our country’s leader is of color. But yet, MLK’s dream has not been fully achieved as shown in the case of Trayvon Martin. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/13/george-zimmerman-found-not-guilty/2514163/) This case shows the subconscious judgements that people make according to race. Our society is more improved, (along the lines of treating blacks equally) but as shown in the Trayvon Martin case, there is much citizens can improve on.

  • Olivia J

    I think that the racism between whites and blacks have greatly improved, but now several people are focusing their attention against other races. I believe that we should be equal in society today, but racism is still a current issue. During the March on Washington, a numerous amount of people came together to stand up for one another and to declare the rights they should be given. The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal.” We need to stand by that to show our support for our fellow citizens. Martin Luther King Jr. declared that “this will go down in history as the greatest demonstration of our freedom in the history of our nation.” That was fifty years ago he proclaimed that, and we still need to be able to abide by that statement. We all have the right to freedom, we shouldn’t be focusing our attention on people because of where they come from, nor “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” (MLK) Here is a link that I think demonstrates my thoughts clearly. http://opportunityagenda.org/equality Equality is a number one fundamental we should be following in our every day society.

  • Olivia J

    I think that the racism between whites and blacks have greatly improved, but now several people are focusing their attention against other races. I believe that we should be equal in society today, but racism is still a current issue. During the March on Washington, a numerous amount of people came together to stand up for one another and to declare the rights they should be given. The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal.” We need to stand by that to show our support for our fellow citizens. Martin Luther King Jr. declared that “this will go down in history as the greatest demonstration of our freedom in the history of our nation.” That was fifty years ago he proclaimed that, and we still need to be able to abide by that statement. We all have the right to freedom, we shouldn’t be focusing our attention on people because of where they come from, nor “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” (MLK) Here is a link that I think demonstrates my thoughts clearly. http://opportunityagenda.org/equality Equality is a number one fundamental we should be following in our every day society.

  • Abbie McGill

    Dr. King’s Dream is somewhat of a quasi-reality; the country has made advances against racism, but has also fallen into the dark, reality of racial profiling within the last fifty years as well. CNN published an article today (http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/27/us/holmes-race-signposts/index.html?iref=allsearch), recounting the last fifty years “From Martin to Martin”, referring to the Dream Dr. King was arguing to the murder of an innocent young black man, Trayvon Martin. In my eyes, the Trayvon Martin case was a prime example of racial profiling being alive and present in our society today. Martin was assumed to be up to trouble because of color of his skin, and his killer was set free on assumed notions about every black teenager in the US today. Yes, restaurants are not separated into black and white sections by law, but subconscious racism and discrimination is still very prevalent in our society today. Dr. King’s dream is recognized on a legal level-all races are on an equal playing field as far as civil rights and liberties go, but socially and subconsciously racism is still present in America.

    another interesting article on racial profiling: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/25/opinion/vivian-zimmerman-verdict/index.html?iref=allsearch

  • Abbie McGill

    Dr. King’s Dream is somewhat of a quasi-reality; the country has made advances against racism, but has also fallen into the dark, reality of racial profiling within the last fifty years as well. CNN published an article today (http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/27/us/holmes-race-signposts/index.html?iref=allsearch), recounting the last fifty years “From Martin to Martin”, referring to the Dream Dr. King was arguing to the murder of an innocent young black man, Trayvon Martin. In my eyes, the Trayvon Martin case was a prime example of racial profiling being alive and present in our society today. Martin was assumed to be up to trouble because of color of his skin, and his killer was set free on assumed notions about every black teenager in the US today. Yes, restaurants are not separated into black and white sections by law, but subconscious racism and discrimination is still very prevalent in our society today. Dr. King’s dream is recognized on a legal level-all races are on an equal playing field as far as civil rights and liberties go, but socially and subconsciously racism is still present in America.

    another interesting article on racial profiling: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/25/opinion/vivian-zimmerman-verdict/index.html?iref=allsearch

  • Fiona B.

    We have made great progress toward King’s dream, but we are not quite there. Our nation will not portray King’s dream until racism is dead. The need for laws against racism still exists, and until we can coexist together without underlying racial discrimination, the dream is not fulfilled. Although President Obama seems to be the epitome of racial equality being our first African American president, we still have a ways to go. After the 2008 presidential election, our sense of racial progress was heightened, but many feel the effects of the election have waned. One could say that this is it, we have fulfilled King’s dream. But things like racial profiling and job discrimination are alive and well. We are not a color blind society in the light of Dr. King and the playing field is not yet even among the races.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/22/half-of-us-says-racial-eq_0_n_3796223.html

  • Fiona B.

    We have made great progress toward King’s dream, but we are not quite there. Our nation will not portray King’s dream until racism is dead. The need for laws against racism still exists, and until we can coexist together without underlying racial discrimination, the dream is not fulfilled. Although President Obama seems to be the epitome of racial equality being our first African American president, we still have a ways to go. After the 2008 presidential election, our sense of racial progress was heightened, but many feel the effects of the election have waned. One could say that this is it, we have fulfilled King’s dream. But things like racial profiling and job discrimination are alive and well. We are not a color blind society in the light of Dr. King and the playing field is not yet even among the races.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/22/half-of-us-says-racial-eq_0_n_3796223.html

  • iromano

    On a very basic level, yes Martin Luther King’s “dream” was answered. Public schools and gathering places, restaurants and stores, and the United States at large are no longer legally segregated. Africans americans are allegedly equal in the face of the law. But racism remains in every facet of American life. In response to the recent conviction of Trayvon Martin, our very own President Barack Obama recalled the days when he would walk down the street and hear car doors click locked while white mothers held their young children a little more tightly. Racism might not be so overt today, but it is without a doubt present. African American’s are still widely profiled – both intentionally and unintentionally – and therefore placed in a societal box. Often they are not allowed opportunity to progress because they don’t have access to equal education and living standards. The average living standard of Black Americans is still lower than that of their white counterparts, average income is lower, average quality of education doesn’t begin to compare. African Americans should not have to merely accept inherent profiling – because that very profiling is preventing them access to equal rights and opportunities. There should be no distinction between black and white in the face of the law, employers, educators, etc. It is ludicrous that fifty years later the inherent human rights of black Americans still have not been realized. Dr. King was a remarkable man who became the face of a remarkable cause. The march on washington 50 years ago today started a fight that still is not finished. Despite loads of legislation – starting with the Voting Rights Act of 1964 – African Americans are still judged first for their color, rather than the content of their character. And that is an appalling truth of modern American society.

  • iromano

    On a very basic level, yes Martin Luther King’s “dream” was answered. Public schools and gathering places, restaurants and stores, and the United States at large are no longer legally segregated. Africans americans are allegedly equal in the face of the law. But racism remains in every facet of American life. In response to the recent conviction of Trayvon Martin, our very own President Barack Obama recalled the days when he would walk down the street and hear car doors click locked while white mothers held their young children a little more tightly. Racism might not be so overt today, but it is without a doubt present. African American’s are still widely profiled – both intentionally and unintentionally – and therefore placed in a societal box. Often they are not allowed opportunity to progress because they don’t have access to equal education and living standards. The average living standard of Black Americans is still lower than that of their white counterparts, average income is lower, average quality of education doesn’t begin to compare. African Americans should not have to merely accept inherent profiling – because that very profiling is preventing them access to equal rights and opportunities. There should be no distinction between black and white in the face of the law, employers, educators, etc. It is ludicrous that fifty years later the inherent human rights of black Americans still have not been realized. Dr. King was a remarkable man who became the face of a remarkable cause. The march on washington 50 years ago today started a fight that still is not finished. Despite loads of legislation – starting with the Voting Rights Act of 1964 – African Americans are still judged first for their color, rather than the content of their character. And that is an appalling truth of modern American society.

  • TayGus

    King’s idea of judging a person on their character has made definite progress throughout time, but i do not believe that all people have realized the true message behind the speech. Students at Georgia High School celebrated their first integrated Prom on April 29, 2013. This is almost half a century after the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 outlawed racial discrimmination everywhere. Upon reading this article I read that it had not been the intention or the means of the schools intendants or administrators to create any of the dances segregated, they said that they were “private functions” and that they had no influence on how it ended up.http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/29/17967090-students-hold-georgia-schools-1st-racially-integrated-prom?lite
    The most important thing I can do is to educate and help others become aware of the problems and issues we are having currently.

  • TayGus

    King’s idea of judging a person on their character has made definite progress throughout time, but i do not believe that all people have realized the true message behind the speech. Students at Georgia High School celebrated their first integrated Prom on April 29, 2013. This is almost half a century after the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 outlawed racial discrimmination everywhere. Upon reading this article I read that it had not been the intention or the means of the schools intendants or administrators to create any of the dances segregated, they said that they were “private functions” and that they had no influence on how it ended up.http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/29/17967090-students-hold-georgia-schools-1st-racially-integrated-prom?lite
    The most important thing I can do is to educate and help others become aware of the problems and issues we are having currently.

  • adugan

    Dr. King and the civil rights movements of the 1960′s made great strides for the United States. We became a country where equal treatment is a central issue and goal for many people. But fifty years after the March on Washington, we are still seeing discrimination not only still in peoples’ minds, but in legislation. While African Americans still experience prejudice, latinos are taking much of the heat of oppression. In Arizona, legislation was passed (and upheld by a court ruling) that allows law enforcement officers to verify the status of people who they suspect to be in the country illegally. This caused much controversy (which is a good thing as it shows people spoke up against it), but the law is going into affect. Police officers will be able to ask someone for their papers based on profiling of skin and language. Our country still needs work on treating everyone -african americans, latinos, gays, transgender – equally and with dignity. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/us/key-element-of-arizona-immigration-law-survives-ruling.html?_r=0

  • adugan

    Dr. King and the civil rights movements of the 1960′s made great strides for the United States. We became a country where equal treatment is a central issue and goal for many people. But fifty years after the March on Washington, we are still seeing discrimination not only still in peoples’ minds, but in legislation. While African Americans still experience prejudice, latinos are taking much of the heat of oppression. In Arizona, legislation was passed (and upheld by a court ruling) that allows law enforcement officers to verify the status of people who they suspect to be in the country illegally. This caused much controversy (which is a good thing as it shows people spoke up against it), but the law is going into affect. Police officers will be able to ask someone for their papers based on profiling of skin and language. Our country still needs work on treating everyone -african americans, latinos, gays, transgender – equally and with dignity. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/us/key-element-of-arizona-immigration-law-survives-ruling.html?_r=0

  • Jasmine Stovall

    I do not think that Martin Luther King’s dream was realized. The racist stuff is hidden in the law and things did not change much. Even though there is equality shown, things are slowly turning back into slavery. They are putting dark skin people under, but the dark skin people are slowly, not knowingly, fighting back. Everything will backfire on everyone involved with the put down.

  • Jasmine Stovall

    I do not think that Martin Luther King’s dream was realized. The racist stuff is hidden in the law and things did not change much. Even though there is equality shown, things are slowly turning back into slavery. They are putting dark skin people under, but the dark skin people are slowly, not knowingly, fighting back. Everything will backfire on everyone involved with the put down.

  • Jasmine Gastelum

    Do you think the Martin Luther King’s dream of a society in which people are judged not “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” has been realized? Why or why not? Dr. King and the civil rights movements of the 1960′s made great strides for the United States. We became a country where equal treatment is a central issue and goal for many people. But fifty years after the March on Washington, we are still seeing discrimination not only still in peoples’ minds, but in legislation. While African Americans still experience prejudice, latinos are taking much of the heat of oppression. i do not think that Martin Luther King’s dream was realized. some people are still doing the same thing as back then.

  • Jasmine Gastelum

    Do you think the Martin Luther King’s dream of a society in which people are judged not “by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” has been realized? Why or why not? Dr. King and the civil rights movements of the 1960′s made great strides for the United States. We became a country where equal treatment is a central issue and goal for many people. But fifty years after the March on Washington, we are still seeing discrimination not only still in peoples’ minds, but in legislation. While African Americans still experience prejudice, latinos are taking much of the heat of oppression. i do not think that Martin Luther King’s dream was realized. some people are still doing the same thing as back then.

  • Chelsei White

    I think even though blacks and whites can share the same rights that they were not able to do during the civil rghts period that Martin Luther King dream has not being realized based on the color of people skin. Yes blacks can drink from the same water fountain, yes blacks and whites can go to the same school but think of it from a more broad point. The government has changed voting rights for some that mostly will and has affected blacks today. so even though we have some right back at the same time there are some still getting taken away. I can build most blacks confidence and leadership skills to stand up for what is still right in today’s society to build a fair society.

  • Chelsei White

    I think even though blacks and whites can share the same rights that they were not able to do during the civil rghts period that Martin Luther King dream has not being realized based on the color of people skin. Yes blacks can drink from the same water fountain, yes blacks and whites can go to the same school but think of it from a more broad point. The government has changed voting rights for some that mostly will and has affected blacks today. so even though we have some right back at the same time there are some still getting taken away. I can build most blacks confidence and leadership skills to stand up for what is still right in today’s society to build a fair society.

  • Jasmine W

    No, I do not think it has been has been realized fully. Because even though different races are acknowledged they still are not given the same or equal treatment. Something I can do to change that is to get to understand others and know how things are different in other parts of the place I live and around the world.

  • Jasmine W

    No, I do not think it has been has been realized fully. Because even though different races are acknowledged they still are not given the same or equal treatment. Something I can do to change that is to get to understand others and know how things are different in other parts of the place I live and around the world.

  • Alex M

    Great strides have definitely been made against racism since the Civil Rights movements, but Dr. King’s dream has yet to be fully realized. About 80% of American blacks, 40% of American whites, and 50% of American hispanics believe we still have work to do to be truly equal. One example of recent racism was a simple “Cheerios” commercial which involved an interracial family. Some people were outraged at this, and the comments had to be shut down on YouTube because too many people were posting hateful comments. Still today, people have hatred, even over as something as simple and cheerful as a commercial for cereal. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/cheerios-commercial-racist-backlash_n_3363507.html This article addresses some of the internet hate, proving we have a long way to go, but have definitely made progress.

  • Alex M

    Great strides have definitely been made against racism since the Civil Rights movements, but Dr. King’s dream has yet to be fully realized. About 80% of American blacks, 40% of American whites, and 50% of American hispanics believe we still have work to do to be truly equal. One example of recent racism was a simple “Cheerios” commercial which involved an interracial family. Some people were outraged at this, and the comments had to be shut down on YouTube because too many people were posting hateful comments. Still today, people have hatred, even over as something as simple and cheerful as a commercial for cereal. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/cheerios-commercial-racist-backlash_n_3363507.html This article addresses some of the internet hate, proving we have a long way to go, but have definitely made progress.

  • Jackie Morgan

    Dr. King’s dreams are slowly becoming a reality but the battle is not over yet. Not just African Americans, but many minorities, are denied basic human rights every day. Although things have changed dramatically in the past 50 years for African Americans, there is still progress to be made. In King’s I have a dream speech, he says “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.”. (http://www.ushistory.org/documents/i-have-a-dream.htm). Many of these specific injustices have come great lengths from 1963 but not all have been accomplished. Dr. King would not be satisfied because people are victims of brutality. People are died access to rights. People are denied the right to vote or have not motivation to vote at all. I think King would be impressed with the strides we have made but would “not be satisfied” with todays society.

  • Jackie Morgan

    Dr. King’s dreams are slowly becoming a reality but the battle is not over yet. Not just African Americans, but many minorities, are denied basic human rights every day. Although things have changed dramatically in the past 50 years for African Americans, there is still progress to be made. In King’s I have a dream speech, he says “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.”. (http://www.ushistory.org/documents/i-have-a-dream.htm). Many of these specific injustices have come great lengths from 1963 but not all have been accomplished. Dr. King would not be satisfied because people are victims of brutality. People are died access to rights. People are denied the right to vote or have not motivation to vote at all. I think King would be impressed with the strides we have made but would “not be satisfied” with todays society.

  • Phil B

    At least racism in America has declined since then. We’ve come a long way relative to the time of Dr. King. But we shouldn’t think that we are still very bad now, relative to many other countries we are incredibly open minded and accepting. Most countries are still like what were were in the 60′s and earlier, maybe even worse. We definitely shouldn’t settle but we also shouldn’t look at our country and its awful. I believe we’ve made an incredible leap forward socially since then.

  • Phil B

    At least racism in America has declined since then. We’ve come a long way relative to the time of Dr. King. But we shouldn’t think that we are still very bad now, relative to many other countries we are incredibly open minded and accepting. Most countries are still like what were were in the 60′s and earlier, maybe even worse. We definitely shouldn’t settle but we also shouldn’t look at our country and its awful. I believe we’ve made an incredible leap forward socially since then.

  • Rachel C.

    I think that his idea of a society where people are judged by whats on the inside rather than the outside has somewhat been reached. We now have equal rights for people of all races and most people have gotten rid of their racial prejudices. Granted some people are still racist, but for the majority of our society people are much more accepting than we were before.
    What i can do personally is to not make racial jokes, keep an open mind about everyone and judge people based on quality rather than looks. All people deserve to be treated equally and fairly, no matter what race they are.

  • Rachel C.

    I think that his idea of a society where people are judged by whats on the inside rather than the outside has somewhat been reached. We now have equal rights for people of all races and most people have gotten rid of their racial prejudices. Granted some people are still racist, but for the majority of our society people are much more accepting than we were before.
    What i can do personally is to not make racial jokes, keep an open mind about everyone and judge people based on quality rather than looks. All people deserve to be treated equally and fairly, no matter what race they are.

  • Julia Z

    - I think that his dream of a world/society free of prejudice has been mostly achieved. But it is true that not any one person can abolish those injustices for good, although it is mostly gone, and our society is mostly equal, there are still some injustices evident in this society.

    - Our personalities today influence how people treat us and view us as human beings, so if we as a people collectively decide to treat all people with the respect and dignity they deserve, then we can help society flourish positively and reflect more brilliantly MLK’s dream.

  • Julia Z

    - I think that his dream of a world/society free of prejudice has been mostly achieved. But it is true that not any one person can abolish those injustices for good, although it is mostly gone, and our society is mostly equal, there are still some injustices evident in this society.

    - Our personalities today influence how people treat us and view us as human beings, so if we as a people collectively decide to treat all people with the respect and dignity they deserve, then we can help society flourish positively and reflect more brilliantly MLK’s dream.

  • Maggie

    I think that King’s dream for society has been realized by many Americans. Although there is always going to be some discrimination and racism, today’s society has evolved so much from how is it was then. Now we have segregation and an African American President. I think personally I can help with this just be being kind and finding small ways in my life to make a difference. Sometimes all it takes is one person to stand up and say something that everyone has been thinking.

  • Maggie

    I think that King’s dream for society has been realized by many Americans. Although there is always going to be some discrimination and racism, today’s society has evolved so much from how is it was then. Now we have segregation and an African American President. I think personally I can help with this just be being kind and finding small ways in my life to make a difference. Sometimes all it takes is one person to stand up and say something that everyone has been thinking.

  • Nicole Pro

    I do think that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has been recognized by everyone, but that does not mean the people who have recognized them believe in what he has to say. It is widely know that everyone should be treated equal but that does not necessarily change people’s opinions on the topic. To help build a more fair society we can be examples for the world. We can show those that everyone should be created equal.

  • Nicole Pro

    I do think that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has been recognized by everyone, but that does not mean the people who have recognized them believe in what he has to say. It is widely know that everyone should be treated equal but that does not necessarily change people’s opinions on the topic. To help build a more fair society we can be examples for the world. We can show those that everyone should be created equal.

  • michael grus

    by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” Martin Luther king’s dream is becoming very recognized and respected in today’s world.can personally do People in the world are now seeing people for what they are on the inside, not just by their looks and skin color. Something I personally can do to make a more just world, would be to be fair in everything I do. I can do little things like that to make the world more just.

  • michael grus

    by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” Martin Luther king’s dream is becoming very recognized and respected in today’s world.can personally do People in the world are now seeing people for what they are on the inside, not just by their looks and skin color. Something I personally can do to make a more just world, would be to be fair in everything I do. I can do little things like that to make the world more just.

  • Michael Amedeo

    Dr. King’s dream has been partially fulfilled, but there are still improvements to be made to achieve his goal of a perfectly equal society. While the law says that all are equal, it is obvious that there are socioeconomic differences between different races today. To accomplish the goal of a more just society, public perception must be altered through the people, as no law can be the absolute solution.

  • Michael Amedeo

    Dr. King’s dream has been partially fulfilled, but there are still improvements to be made to achieve his goal of a perfectly equal society. While the law says that all are equal, it is obvious that there are socioeconomic differences between different races today. To accomplish the goal of a more just society, public perception must be altered through the people, as no law can be the absolute solution.

  • Grier Wilson

    1) I think we have made steps toward a society like that, but we can never reach it because minorities today, especially african americans, find too much entitlement in the notion that they are being discriminated upon to ever fully relinquish that right through total equality.

    2) I can do my best to not take into account the color of peoples skin in my daily life so that others will see the example.

  • Grier Wilson

    1) I think we have made steps toward a society like that, but we can never reach it because minorities today, especially african americans, find too much entitlement in the notion that they are being discriminated upon to ever fully relinquish that right through total equality.

    2) I can do my best to not take into account the color of peoples skin in my daily life so that others will see the example.

  • Maciah Thomas

    1) I think that Martin Luther King’s dream has been realized by most of the world in 2013. Of course there are some parts of America and the world that still believes in segregation. But from my experiences most of today’s society judges each other based on their character and personality, not based on the color of their skin.

    2)Personally i can create and example so that all that are around me can be inspired to do the right thing and be good citizens of society

  • Maciah Thomas

    1) I think that Martin Luther King’s dream has been realized by most of the world in 2013. Of course there are some parts of America and the world that still believes in segregation. But from my experiences most of today’s society judges each other based on their character and personality, not based on the color of their skin.

    2)Personally i can create and example so that all that are around me can be inspired to do the right thing and be good citizens of society

  • Aric Boss

    I believe that there have been vast improvements in terms of decreasing the amount of racism in America. At the same time although there is unfortunately still a prominent amount of racism in the United States as well. Personally what I can do is if I hear a racist comment I can intervene and try and peacefully stop the racist from further commenting.

  • Aric Boss

    I believe that there have been vast improvements in terms of decreasing the amount of racism in America. At the same time although there is unfortunately still a prominent amount of racism in the United States as well. Personally what I can do is if I hear a racist comment I can intervene and try and peacefully stop the racist from further commenting.

  • Ben G

    I think that while many of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas have been realized, his dream as a whole has not been realized. There is still a clear socio-economic gap between whites and blacks in America. Huge amounts of black youths are destined for life of crime and imprisonment. And lacking government programs do nothing to alleviate this horrible problem. While we might not judge people by their skin, we do judge them by their income, though we do not actually try to end these economic problems.

  • Ben G

    I think that while many of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas have been realized, his dream as a whole has not been realized. There is still a clear socio-economic gap between whites and blacks in America. Huge amounts of black youths are destined for life of crime and imprisonment. And lacking government programs do nothing to alleviate this horrible problem. While we might not judge people by their skin, we do judge them by their income, though we do not actually try to end these economic problems.

  • malik

    YES BECAUSE ALOT OF RACISM HAS STOPPED IN AMERICA AND ALL OVER THE WORLD.

  • malik

    YES BECAUSE ALOT OF RACISM HAS STOPPED IN AMERICA AND ALL OVER THE WORLD.

  • Seamus

    I think Dr. King’s dream has been mostly realized because there isn’t segregation or Jim Crow laws. But in some parts of the world and the US there is still racism and unequal rights.

  • Seamus

    I think Dr. King’s dream has been mostly realized because there isn’t segregation or Jim Crow laws. But in some parts of the world and the US there is still racism and unequal rights.

  • elliott swigert

    I feel Dr. Martin Luther king has reached his dream and no one is judged on their skin

    • Milois Agenius

      thats bull

      • Keoni Akioka

        yeah right

  • elliott swigert

    I feel Dr. Martin Luther king has reached his dream and no one is judged on their skin

    • Milois Agenius

      thats bull

      • Keoni Akioka

        yeah right

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607 najai wells

    Martin luther king was a strong,brave,and positive african american man.

    • Gianna Smith

      i totally believe you,,you inspired me so much thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607 najai wells

    Martin luther king was a strong,brave,and positive african american man.

    • Gianna Smith

      i totally believe you,,you inspired me so much thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • MORGAN H

    I think that everyone should be treated equal

  • MORGAN H

    I think that everyone should be treated equal

  • Tiffeny M

    i believe that martin luther king jr. was a hero for everybody because he was somebody that wanted to change the rules and make it equal.

  • Tiffeny M

    i believe that martin luther king jr. was a hero for everybody because he was somebody that wanted to change the rules and make it equal.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607 Gianna Smith

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a african american positive,strong,brave male that stop segregation

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607 najai wells

      he had a dream girl

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607 Gianna Smith

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a african american positive,strong,brave male that stop segregation

    • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607 najai wells

      he had a dream girl

  • aman Simon

    i kinda think martin luther luther king dream came to reality because people dont judge people by skin color any more only 5% of the world still judge people from there skin color

  • aman Simon

    i kinda think martin luther luther king dream came to reality because people dont judge people by skin color any more only 5% of the world still judge people from there skin color

  • http://kqeddonow Maleeah Harris

    martin luther king was a brave aficain american man and the only one to stand up the blacks rights.he had a dream

  • http://kqeddonow Maleeah Harris

    martin luther king was a brave aficain american man and the only one to stand up the blacks rights.he had a dream

  • renzo

    i think that there has been a vast improvement in decreasing the amount of racism in america . However I think that Dr.King’s dream hasn’t been recognized as a whole because there is still a hint of racism left. For example the trayvon martin’s shooting.

  • renzo

    i think that there has been a vast improvement in decreasing the amount of racism in america . However I think that Dr.King’s dream hasn’t been recognized as a whole because there is still a hint of racism left. For example the trayvon martin’s shooting.

  • Xavier

    It’s getting close to being a reality. There are still some racisim around, but it’s getting better.

  • Xavier

    It’s getting close to being a reality. There are still some racisim around, but it’s getting better.

  • Milois Agenius

    I think doctor kings dream has yet to come true because there is still racial agression and different treatment of races. Even though we know it is wrong , we still remember racial stereotypes and conciously or not we treat people differently. There is no equality in the justice system for young black males and it is not getting better. Dr.Kings dream has not been realised yet.

  • Milois Agenius

    I think doctor kings dream has yet to come true because there is still racial agression and different treatment of races. Even though we know it is wrong , we still remember racial stereotypes and conciously or not we treat people differently. There is no equality in the justice system for young black males and it is not getting better. Dr.Kings dream has not been realised yet.

  • Tess Falkner – Kenny

    I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of what society should be like has been realized. Every where I go, I see proof of integration. America has its first African American president, President Barack Obama. Jobs that were previously reserved for white people only are now open to people of any race and skin color. Now, special steps are being taken to ensure that America can become even more equal and fair than it was before, and just “separate but equal”. Colleges are accepting African American students who are slightly below standards in an effort to finally bring the closing rift between people of different races and skin colors together at last. In this way, I think our country has finally realized Dr. King’s dream and its full potential.

    • Tess Falkner – Kenny

      Correction: NOT just “separate but equal”

      • Tess Falkner – Kenny

        Correction: IS JUST “separate but equal”

  • Tess Falkner – Kenny

    I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of what society should be like has been realized. Every where I go, I see proof of integration. America has its first African American president, President Barack Obama. Jobs that were previously reserved for white people only are now open to people of any race and skin color. Now, special steps are being taken to ensure that America can become even more equal and fair than it was before, and just “separate but equal”. Colleges are accepting African American students who are slightly below standards in an effort to finally bring the closing rift between people of different races and skin colors together at last. In this way, I think our country has finally realized Dr. King’s dream and its full potential.

    • Tess Falkner – Kenny

      Correction: NOT just “separate but equal”

      • Tess Falkner – Kenny

        Correction: IS JUST “separate but equal”

  • Alex Gitau

    1) I think that in a way people are more open to people of different ethnicities and races, but people still have stereotypes of other people. I think the way that i can not judge people by not listening to stereotypes.

  • Alex Gitau

    1) I think that in a way people are more open to people of different ethnicities and races, but people still have stereotypes of other people. I think the way that i can not judge people by not listening to stereotypes.

  • Aaron W

    I think a whole bunch of the stuff he said isn’t settled, and probably will never be because we had to major killings in the last 5 years, and both of the killings were African-American males. So in my eyes I segregation will never change because African-American males are still getting killed for reasons of having a fight on the bart station or wearing a grey hoodie with an Arizona and a pack of skittlles.

  • Aaron W

    I think a whole bunch of the stuff he said isn’t settled, and probably will never be because we had to major killings in the last 5 years, and both of the killings were African-American males. So in my eyes I segregation will never change because African-American males are still getting killed for reasons of having a fight on the bart station or wearing a grey hoodie with an Arizona and a pack of skittlles.

  • Lionel A

    I think that maybe his dream was realized but its hard to tell because racism is very much still alive. Although this country doesn’t segregate, people in this country still were raised too their own beliefs and opinions, and if their family history has a past that supports racism. So while people may believe that his dream wasn’t realized or that it was realized you will never be able to know the truth. Furthermore while Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas and beliefs made a huge change in American History I believe that there will never be a truth to wether Dr. King’s ideas were realized.

  • Lionel A

    I think that maybe his dream was realized but its hard to tell because racism is very much still alive. Although this country doesn’t segregate, people in this country still were raised too their own beliefs and opinions, and if their family history has a past that supports racism. So while people may believe that his dream wasn’t realized or that it was realized you will never be able to know the truth. Furthermore while Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas and beliefs made a huge change in American History I believe that there will never be a truth to wether Dr. King’s ideas were realized.

  • ahmad Jackson

    I think that its still living to this day because when slavery was no longer legal white people were still racius and then dr king stop segrogation and now white and black people are fair in the united states

  • ahmad Jackson

    I think that its still living to this day because when slavery was no longer legal white people were still racius and then dr king stop segrogation and now white and black people are fair in the united states

  • http://kqeddonow de`Avion williams

    martin luther king believed in something and he wanted to make a change.

  • http://kqeddonow de`Avion williams

    martin luther king believed in something and he wanted to make a change.

  • Samariya Schaffer

    African Americans have more rights than 50 years ago but i still don’t think that the world is totally equal. I think there is still a lot to be improved.

  • Samariya Schaffer

    African Americans have more rights than 50 years ago but i still don’t think that the world is totally equal. I think there is still a lot to be improved.

  • Malik Gordon

    i think there less racism between whit people and black people but now people are being racist to immigrants that come to america from different countrys

  • Malik Gordon

    i think there less racism between whit people and black people but now people are being racist to immigrants that come to america from different countrys

  • sajdah Waqia

    i think there is less racism between african americans and americans even though people are still racist now we have equality dr.MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR
    MADE A DIFFERENCE

  • sajdah Waqia

    i think there is less racism between african americans and americans even though people are still racist now we have equality dr.MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR
    MADE A DIFFERENCE

  • nolan v.

    I think that racism has decreased since Martin Luther King gave his speech. But not that much. His speech helped a little, but I still see African Americans treated differently than white people, And that has to change change.

  • nolan v.

    I think that racism has decreased since Martin Luther King gave his speech. But not that much. His speech helped a little, but I still see African Americans treated differently than white people, And that has to change change.

  • Kendall Prime

    I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. has changed our society and the way we treat each other, but there is still racism in the world. He was able to open up our eyes and see it , but seeing it and changing it are two different things. We should take a stnd whenever we see somebody being wronged. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped us realize how everyone should be treated equally because when he gave his famous speech, he showed allowed people to see each other’s perspective.

  • Kendall Prime

    I believe that Martin Luther King Jr. has changed our society and the way we treat each other, but there is still racism in the world. He was able to open up our eyes and see it , but seeing it and changing it are two different things. We should take a stnd whenever we see somebody being wronged. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped us realize how everyone should be treated equally because when he gave his famous speech, he showed allowed people to see each other’s perspective.

  • Keoni Akioka

    I think that MLK made the movement of passing the law, but people are still racist to blacks because that’s how they were raised. To keep a fair and safe society, is to keep everything equal and nobody is different unless you are a minor. Keep the laws to everybody, and there should be laws involving race 

  • Keoni Akioka

    I think that MLK made the movement of passing the law, but people are still racist to blacks because that’s how they were raised. To keep a fair and safe society, is to keep everything equal and nobody is different unless you are a minor. Keep the laws to everybody, and there should be laws involving race 

  • Nuhamin tassu

    I think people are judged on their color and how they act but martin luther king speech has been realized but every day a black person is being killed just because they are in a hoodies well that doesn’t make sense some people are racist because of how they act thats wrong and that when martin luther king came in he wanted to make change and i think is right because he wanted to make a change

  • Nuhamin tassu

    I think people are judged on their color and how they act but martin luther king speech has been realized but every day a black person is being killed just because they are in a hoodies well that doesn’t make sense some people are racist because of how they act thats wrong and that when martin luther king came in he wanted to make change and i think is right because he wanted to make a change

  • malik Howze

    Martin Luther King believed in equality. He achieved his belief. I agree with him 110%. I think people of all races are now equal. He has suceeded.

  • malik Howze

    Martin Luther King believed in equality. He achieved his belief. I agree with him 110%. I think people of all races are now equal. He has suceeded.

  • Lillian Burnett

    I think that people are more open to people and races but people still make fun of races and and judge people on who they are and there race . I do think martin luther king was trying to change the way things were but it only helped a little. I think people are still racist and blame things on african americans on why there are so many crimes.

  • Lillian Burnett

    I think that people are more open to people and races but people still make fun of races and and judge people on who they are and there race . I do think martin luther king was trying to change the way things were but it only helped a little. I think people are still racist and blame things on african americans on why there are so many crimes.

  • Jermaine Earnest

    Martin luther king was a very strong and powerful black man that influenced the whole world. Some people ask how martin luther king jr. made people realize that racsim is in the world. If one person can influence and tell the whole world that white people are treating black people like animals. In my case martin luther king helped me be who i am.

  • Jermaine Earnest

    Martin luther king was a very strong and powerful black man that influenced the whole world. Some people ask how martin luther king jr. made people realize that racsim is in the world. If one person can influence and tell the whole world that white people are treating black people like animals. In my case martin luther king helped me be who i am.

  • hailey ruston

    I think that martin luther kings speech was heard but racism but is still going on, even though people are not spit up by their race. People still have there own opinions about certain races, but people are deffinetly more equal now then back then but not entirely equal.

  • hailey ruston

    I think that martin luther kings speech was heard but racism but is still going on, even though people are not spit up by their race. People still have there own opinions about certain races, but people are deffinetly more equal now then back then but not entirely equal.

  • Shawnnae’ Vasquez

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a very postive man , he didn’t let anyone stop him from achieving what he believed in. I agree with him 100%…… Now that we as African Americans have freedom is great , Martin Luther King was a hero to everyone. Many people didn’t agree with him because of the color of his skin. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired me to be who I am today. Now that Martin Luther King Jr. is leaving his dream is very great to people all over the world.

  • Shawnnae’ Vasquez

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a very postive man , he didn’t let anyone stop him from achieving what he believed in. I agree with him 100%…… Now that we as African Americans have freedom is great , Martin Luther King was a hero to everyone. Many people didn’t agree with him because of the color of his skin. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired me to be who I am today. Now that Martin Luther King Jr. is leaving his dream is very great to people all over the world.

  • Malik Gordon

    i think that people are racist to immigrants because its like they were born in a different country so they want them to stay there because most immigrants get jobs faster then people who were born in america

  • Malik Gordon

    i think that people are racist to immigrants because its like they were born in a different country so they want them to stay there because most immigrants get jobs faster then people who were born in america

  • Arika Permanna

    I think Martin Luther King’s idea has been realized because society has been improved after his idea was shared to the world. I think this because the stories i have heard from everyone around me. I think that the world can be changed in many ways and i could help just by proving my stereotype is wrong ..

  • Arika Permanna

    I think Martin Luther King’s idea has been realized because society has been improved after his idea was shared to the world. I think this because the stories i have heard from everyone around me. I think that the world can be changed in many ways and i could help just by proving my stereotype is wrong ..

  • Malia Knapps

    To be honest nothing has change …. Just because the government changes a few laws …. Doesn’t mean much and it hasn’t changed anything; If you really look at it African Americans and any other race then white are still being cheated out of everything . I feel that its just out of pity that they put in these laws for people of color …. There are certain things the government does so they “look” good in front of other countries just like with helping Syria its easy to tell in any statement they want to look good and maintain it . It shows that America still to this day has no care for other races (African-American, Asian ,Spanish ,and ect) and its completely biased toward a certain race … All the laws that now African Americans (and other races) have still don’t help; its sugar coding a lot of stuff America hides from us . Almost anything the American government does doesn’t have people of color best interest . Sorry for being harsh but its the honest truth ……

  • Malia Knapps

    To be honest nothing has change …. Just because the government changes a few laws …. Doesn’t mean much and it hasn’t changed anything; If you really look at it African Americans and any other race then white are still being cheated out of everything . I feel that its just out of pity that they put in these laws for people of color …. There are certain things the government does so they “look” good in front of other countries just like with helping Syria its easy to tell in any statement they want to look good and maintain it . It shows that America still to this day has no care for other races (African-American, Asian ,Spanish ,and ect) and its completely biased toward a certain race … All the laws that now African Americans (and other races) have still don’t help; its sugar coding a lot of stuff America hides from us . Almost anything the American government does doesn’t have people of color best interest . Sorry for being harsh but its the honest truth ……

  • Marco Parks

    I think racism has definitely been realized and numbed down. Racism is still happening all over the world but not nearly as much compared to 50 years ago. When Dr. King made his speech that severely impacted the racist community. which definitely changed the future.

  • Marco Parks

    I think racism has definitely been realized and numbed down. Racism is still happening all over the world but not nearly as much compared to 50 years ago. When Dr. King made his speech that severely impacted the racist community. which definitely changed the future.

  • Max French

    I think MLK’s dream was partially realized, because in the majority of the U.S. there is no more segregation. But there is still lingering racism in our society and in some of the southern states. I think the laws against hate crimes are better but even in enforcing these laws there is racism. I hope that eventually racism will be abolished but we still have a way to go to get there.

  • Max French

    I think MLK’s dream was partially realized, because in the majority of the U.S. there is no more segregation. But there is still lingering racism in our society and in some of the southern states. I think the laws against hate crimes are better but even in enforcing these laws there is racism. I hope that eventually racism will be abolished but we still have a way to go to get there.

  • Ryoji Duey

    I feel that Dr. King’s dream has been realized, but not exactly brought to life. There are no longer laws against other races, but laws are sometimes used from a racist view. For example, if a white person did something against the law, he might not get prosecuted, but if a colored person did something against the law, they might get beaten and sent to jail. Electing a colored person (Mr. Obama) as president was a big step into wiping out race discrimination from society. If you watch the news today, almost all of the descriptions of the criminals are colored men, and I feel that is an example of judging a person by the color of their skin.

  • Ryoji Duey

    I feel that Dr. King’s dream has been realized, but not exactly brought to life. There are no longer laws against other races, but laws are sometimes used from a racist view. For example, if a white person did something against the law, he might not get prosecuted, but if a colored person did something against the law, they might get beaten and sent to jail. Electing a colored person (Mr. Obama) as president was a big step into wiping out race discrimination from society. If you watch the news today, almost all of the descriptions of the criminals are colored men, and I feel that is an example of judging a person by the color of their skin.

  • Ajane smith

    it wasn’t realized there is still a lot of under cover racism.But the out right stuff has almost completely went away. Society is a little better since then but america has a long way to go before we can say that in today people r judged by the content of their skin color.So if u ask me their is a lot of improvement that needs to be done to our society.

  • Ajane smith

    it wasn’t realized there is still a lot of under cover racism.But the out right stuff has almost completely went away. Society is a little better since then but america has a long way to go before we can say that in today people r judged by the content of their skin color.So if u ask me their is a lot of improvement that needs to be done to our society.

  • Jermaine Earnest

    See with the trayvon martin thing i realy dont care im black an i ve seen people get shot in the day time if you ask me its the polices fault how you gone talk to a man with a gun in his hand he bascily telling you im gonna kill him i realy dont see the promblem this is been happining for years now they just now relizing because he got shot now if this was black on black they would not care at all they wouldnt solve nothing peiod its just another murder for instances in east oakland california to white women got shot solved the murder in 2 3 days ive no alot of people dead an the murder still aint found

  • Jermaine Earnest

    See with the trayvon martin thing i realy dont care im black an i ve seen people get shot in the day time if you ask me its the polices fault how you gone talk to a man with a gun in his hand he bascily telling you im gonna kill him i realy dont see the promblem this is been happining for years now they just now relizing because he got shot now if this was black on black they would not care at all they wouldnt solve nothing peiod its just another murder for instances in east oakland california to white women got shot solved the murder in 2 3 days ive no alot of people dead an the murder still aint found

  • Alex C

    I think that racism is not as much of a serious issue now, but there probably still some problems involving racism today.So I think that for the most part that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream has been realized for the most part. I think this because I have not seen acts of racism any were I have ever been but i have heard of racism on the T.V. / radio. I think that what I could do personally to help eliminate all of racism is to respect all perspectives and cultures and to convince every one around me to do the same.

  • Alex C

    I think that racism is not as much of a serious issue now, but there probably still some problems involving racism today.So I think that for the most part that Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream has been realized for the most part. I think this because I have not seen acts of racism any were I have ever been but i have heard of racism on the T.V. / radio. I think that what I could do personally to help eliminate all of racism is to respect all perspectives and cultures and to convince every one around me to do the same.

  • MALIK Howze

    Martin Luther King believed in something great. He believed in equality. Everyone deserved to be treated fair. That is 100% percent true. He is a great leader.

  • MALIK Howze

    Martin Luther King believed in something great. He believed in equality. Everyone deserved to be treated fair. That is 100% percent true. He is a great leader.

  • Jasper Garcia

    I think that racism is still around but like how it was a long time age

  • Jasper Garcia

    I think that racism is still around but like how it was a long time age

  • Moniecia Washington

    There has been less racism, but it still exists and I think based on the world now, it will always exist.

  • Moniecia Washington

    There has been less racism, but it still exists and I think based on the world now, it will always exist.

  • a person

    I believe that his dream has been realized because only rarely do people judge people by the color of their skin rarely.

  • a person

    I believe that his dream has been realized because only rarely do people judge people by the color of their skin rarely.

  • gabriel

    i think blacks should be treated equally because we are 99.9 % alike

  • gabriel

    i think blacks should be treated equally because we are 99.9 % alike

  • Kurtis Vetter

    I think most people do not judge other people based on the color of their skin, so Dr. King has mostly completed his dream. I also think Dr. King may never complete his dream because there will probably always be at least one person who is racist

  • Kurtis Vetter

    I think most people do not judge other people based on the color of their skin, so Dr. King has mostly completed his dream. I also think Dr. King may never complete his dream because there will probably always be at least one person who is racist

  • Ian McCarthy

    I think that MLK’s dream is till working on being fullfilled and how we are still trying to work on everything that we have done so far.

  • Ian McCarthy

    I think that MLK’s dream is till working on being fullfilled and how we are still trying to work on everything that we have done so far.

  • jeff hardy

    Dr.king is strong african american man. He fought for rights and he cares for black people.He is also famous for the I have A dream speech.

  • jeff hardy

    Dr.king is strong african american man. He fought for rights and he cares for black people.He is also famous for the I have A dream speech.

  • Jazmine Devlin

    Racism is pointless in my opinion because not only are you judging that person but you show tremendous disrespect. If you don’t want disrespect then you shouldn’t disrespect others.

    #mlkjr.

  • Jazmine Devlin

    Racism is pointless in my opinion because not only are you judging that person but you show tremendous disrespect. If you don’t want disrespect then you shouldn’t disrespect others.

    #mlkjr.

  • Brandon Holmes

    I think racism isn’t such a big thing now than it was back in the day

  • Brandon Holmes

    I think racism isn’t such a big thing now than it was back in the day

  • Isys McCrea

    Martin Luther had a dream that every one with colored and white skin was able to have equal rites.His dream was to see black negro african american have a say in the racial society because of Martin Luther king and his freedom of speech of the independent rights for afro americans his dream came true and people of all races are treated equalty.AS WE SPEAK :)

  • Isys McCrea

    Martin Luther had a dream that every one with colored and white skin was able to have equal rites.His dream was to see black negro african american have a say in the racial society because of Martin Luther king and his freedom of speech of the independent rights for afro americans his dream came true and people of all races are treated equalty.AS WE SPEAK :)

  • CHASTITY PENNEY

    I think that racism has decreased since Martin Luther King gave his speech. But not that much. His speech helped a little, but I still see African Americans treated differently than white people, And that has to change

  • CHASTITY PENNEY

    I think that racism has decreased since Martin Luther King gave his speech. But not that much. His speech helped a little, but I still see African Americans treated differently than white people, And that has to change

  • Chase Barloga

    Martin Luther King’s dream was partly realized but never embraced. In parts of the U.S.A. racism is still very alive. There has been major improvement but people need to try harder. We don’t realize it but there is racism and racial profiling all around us. The Trayvon Martin case brought a lot of attention to that topic but somehow George Zimmerman was still found innocent. I think racism is still out there but it can definately be fixed.

  • Chase Barloga

    Martin Luther King’s dream was partly realized but never embraced. In parts of the U.S.A. racism is still very alive. There has been major improvement but people need to try harder. We don’t realize it but there is racism and racial profiling all around us. The Trayvon Martin case brought a lot of attention to that topic but somehow George Zimmerman was still found innocent. I think racism is still out there but it can definately be fixed.

  • Jovana Robinson

    I think people are not made to be judged or humiliated.I forbid racism i think people are racist because there not happy with there skin (black or white).I thank god for Martin Luther King cause of him some segregating things stopped.Martin Luther King was a strong black man that held his ground and let negativity astounded to him by going every being harassed so its surprising to him that there is no freedom for a black man.

  • Jovana Robinson

    I think people are not made to be judged or humiliated.I forbid racism i think people are racist because there not happy with there skin (black or white).I thank god for Martin Luther King cause of him some segregating things stopped.Martin Luther King was a strong black man that held his ground and let negativity astounded to him by going every being harassed so its surprising to him that there is no freedom for a black man.

  • Nataya Bassett

    I Think MLK’s dream hasn’t completely come true quite yet. Although society has changed drastically since the days of segregation, not everything is equal to all races yet.
    I think there will be a day when people aren’t judged by the color of their skin, but by their character.

  • Nataya Bassett

    I Think MLK’s dream hasn’t completely come true quite yet. Although society has changed drastically since the days of segregation, not everything is equal to all races yet.
    I think there will be a day when people aren’t judged by the color of their skin, but by their character.

  • Brandon Holmes

    i see black people get shot everyday

  • Brandon Holmes

    i see black people get shot everyday

    • Kennady Paige

      True, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t help to try to make a difference; try to change our societies. :)

  • Joey Nguyen

    I think that society has changed because of Dr.King because he made a big impact on America.I also think that racism is still around because it happens everywhere in the the world.

  • Joey Nguyen

    I think that society has changed because of Dr.King because he made a big impact on America.I also think that racism is still around because it happens everywhere in the the world.

  • Ivonne Bravo

    I think Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech made a huge change in society because although there are some racist remarks today, such as the Trayvon Martin incident, for the most part society is treating everyone equally. Some people may think differently, depending on their perspective, but overall people think the “I Have A Dream” speech has made a beneficial impact on society.

  • Ivonne Bravo

    I think Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech made a huge change in society because although there are some racist remarks today, such as the Trayvon Martin incident, for the most part society is treating everyone equally. Some people may think differently, depending on their perspective, but overall people think the “I Have A Dream” speech has made a beneficial impact on society.

  • Jasmine Cooper

    I think racism has gone down a little bit since the Martin Luther King Speech. There are still alot of society that still don’t like African American. Martin Luther King had a very positive respond on African American and people of other races and cultures. He made it easier for people to have freedom. I think if it wasn’t for him and other Civil Right leaders that we would we still have segregation today. If Martin Luther King was still alive today I would thank him for making the world a better place for everybody!

  • Jasmine Cooper

    I think racism has gone down a little bit since the Martin Luther King Speech. There are still alot of society that still don’t like African American. Martin Luther King had a very positive respond on African American and people of other races and cultures. He made it easier for people to have freedom. I think if it wasn’t for him and other Civil Right leaders that we would we still have segregation today. If Martin Luther King was still alive today I would thank him for making the world a better place for everybody!

  • Jasmine Omar

    Martin Luther king was powerful man because he stood up what he believed in and he made a change.But, their is still racism today.Racism still exists in the world today but not as bad as how it used to be.I respect Martin Luther King he believed in equality which is great because if it wasnt for him their will be a lot of discriminating with skin color.I think everybody should be treated the same.

  • Jasmine Omar

    Martin Luther king was powerful man because he stood up what he believed in and he made a change.But, their is still racism today.Racism still exists in the world today but not as bad as how it used to be.I respect Martin Luther King he believed in equality which is great because if it wasnt for him their will be a lot of discriminating with skin color.I think everybody should be treated the same.

  • Jalen Kennedy

    This march on Washington was important African American history. The fact a black man stood up to this wrongful racism is very flattering and I thank him for that. Im also glad that there is a 50th anniversary for this

  • Jalen Kennedy

    This march on Washington was important African American history. The fact a black man stood up to this wrongful racism is very flattering and I thank him for that. Im also glad that there is a 50th anniversary for this

  • Alexander rex

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. dream of equal for african american people is nearly complete but there still is a few racist. I fell as though there are people who discriminate for more than just the color of you skin though. I fell instead of being racist there stereotyping african americans as gangsters instead of slave. This essential is just as bad but instead people are following willing into the stereotype making it more potent and powerful. So no Martin Luther King Jr. dream is not complete at least not entirely.

  • Alexander rex

    I think Martin Luther King Jr. dream of equal for african american people is nearly complete but there still is a few racist. I fell as though there are people who discriminate for more than just the color of you skin though. I fell instead of being racist there stereotyping african americans as gangsters instead of slave. This essential is just as bad but instead people are following willing into the stereotype making it more potent and powerful. So no Martin Luther King Jr. dream is not complete at least not entirely.

  • Shyheim Reed

    To be honest nothing has change …. Just because the government changes a few laws …. Doesn’t mean much and it hasn’t changed anything; If you really look at it African Americans and any other race then white are still being cheated out of everything . I feel that its just out of pity that they put in these laws for people of color …. There are certain things the government does so they “look” good in front of other countries just like with helping Syria its easy to tell in any statement they want to look good and maintain it . It shows that America still to this day has no care for other races (African-American, Asian ,Spanish ,and ect) and its completely biased toward a certain race … All the laws that now African Americans (and other races) have still don’t help; its sugar coding a lot of stuff America hides from us . Almost anything the American government does doesn’t have people of color best interest . Sorry for being harsh but its the honest truth …… – See more at: http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607

  • Shyheim Reed

    To be honest nothing has change …. Just because the government changes a few laws …. Doesn’t mean much and it hasn’t changed anything; If you really look at it African Americans and any other race then white are still being cheated out of everything . I feel that its just out of pity that they put in these laws for people of color …. There are certain things the government does so they “look” good in front of other countries just like with helping Syria its easy to tell in any statement they want to look good and maintain it . It shows that America still to this day has no care for other races (African-American, Asian ,Spanish ,and ect) and its completely biased toward a certain race … All the laws that now African Americans (and other races) have still don’t help; its sugar coding a lot of stuff America hides from us . Almost anything the American government does doesn’t have people of color best interest . Sorry for being harsh but its the honest truth …… – See more at: http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/08/23/is-martin-luther-kings-dream-a-reality-today/#more-7607

  • Brianna Rodriguez

    I think that Martin Luther King Jr. dream was equal because I say that african american people should have rights. I think that american people should not discriminate african american people because they should be able to go to school with americans. American people should not judge african american people.

  • Brianna Rodriguez

    I think that Martin Luther King Jr. dream was equal because I say that african american people should have rights. I think that american people should not discriminate african american people because they should be able to go to school with americans. American people should not judge african american people.

  • Ziane Pope

    To be honest nothing has change …. Just because the government changes a few laws …. Doesn’t mean much and it hasn’t changed anything; If you really look at it African Americans and any other race then white are still being cheated out of everything . I feel that its just out of pity that they put in these laws for people of color …. There are certain things the government does so they “look” good in front of other countries just like with helping Syria its easy to tell in any statement they want to look good and maintain it . It shows that America still to this day has no care for other races and its completely biased toward a certain race. All the laws that now African Americans (and other races) have still don’t help. its sugar coding a lot of stuff America hides from us .

  • Ziane Pope

    To be honest nothing has change …. Just because the government changes a few laws …. Doesn’t mean much and it hasn’t changed anything; If you really look at it African Americans and any other race then white are still being cheated out of everything . I feel that its just out of pity that they put in these laws for people of color …. There are certain things the government does so they “look” good in front of other countries just like with helping Syria its easy to tell in any statement they want to look good and maintain it . It shows that America still to this day has no care for other races and its completely biased toward a certain race. All the laws that now African Americans (and other races) have still don’t help. its sugar coding a lot of stuff America hides from us .

  • Chyna Nash

    Martin luther kin jr. was a powerful man with his words
    martin did not like hurting other people just because the
    color of their skin but other people thought he was wrong for
    what he was doing standing up for one another.

  • Chyna Nash

    Martin luther kin jr. was a powerful man with his words
    martin did not like hurting other people just because the
    color of their skin but other people thought he was wrong for
    what he was doing standing up for one another.

  • horonzomiles

    i think Martin Luther king jr. dream of equal for african amercian people is nearly complete still is a few racist . i

  • horonzomiles

    i think Martin Luther king jr. dream of equal for african amercian people is nearly complete still is a few racist . i

  • Tiffany Carson

    I think people are not made to be judged or humiliated.I forbid racism i think people are racist because there not happy with there skin (black or white).I thank god for Martin Luther King cause of him some segregating things stopped.Martin Luther King was a strong black man that held his ground and let negativity astounded to him by going every being harassed so its surprising to him that there is no freedom for a black man.

  • Tiffany Carson

    I think people are not made to be judged or humiliated.I forbid racism i think people are racist because there not happy with there skin (black or white).I thank god for Martin Luther King cause of him some segregating things stopped.Martin Luther King was a strong black man that held his ground and let negativity astounded to him by going every being harassed so its surprising to him that there is no freedom for a black man.

  • Mandy Q

    I don’t thhink the dream has been realized fully, because people are still prejudiced today, it’s just not as blatant. To build a better society, I can try to understand people better and be more open to them.

  • Mandy Q

    I don’t thhink the dream has been realized fully, because people are still prejudiced today, it’s just not as blatant. To build a better society, I can try to understand people better and be more open to them.

    • Preston K.

      I don’t think that everyone will ever be treated equally. So I think that Martin Luther King JR. dream is exactly that and although I wish it would become true I think it is highly unlikely.

  • Rodrigo Luzuriaga

    although we have come a long way in the attempt to destroy inequality is it still present is society. Politicly inequality does not exist, but in society it is evermore present. We can not force people to change there views or thoughts but we can build a fair government.

  • Rodrigo Luzuriaga

    although we have come a long way in the attempt to destroy inequality is it still present is society. Politicly inequality does not exist, but in society it is evermore present. We can not force people to change there views or thoughts but we can build a fair government.

  • Patricia M

    Martin Luther King’s dream of society has been improved but there is still conflicts between racism. Though racism is still present today, Martin Luther King had a major impact on society.

    To build a better more fair and just society, everyone should be more open minded about people and their rights.

  • Patricia M

    Martin Luther King’s dream of society has been improved but there is still conflicts between racism. Though racism is still present today, Martin Luther King had a major impact on society.

    To build a better more fair and just society, everyone should be more open minded about people and their rights.

  • Norisha Edge

    I believe this is a great time to celebrate the person who fought for Black African American right and stood up to the White Caucasian. he was a brave and great person.

    • Wyatt S.

      He was a very strong man and did the right thing. I also think he was brave and changed history forever.

  • Zoey Woods

    I honestly do believe that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has come true. I think that the point of his speech was that African American’s will be treated equally & that everyone will overcome the fact of race. Of course there will always be someone who doesn’t like the fact that African Americans & people of color are treated like others today in America, but that will never change. It’s the same as there will always be that person who hates homosexual’s or that one person who will always break that law. People are going to think what they want but we can still build a fair & equal government & maybe one day they will come to realize things are better off equal & free for all .

  • christine

    His dream hasn’t entirely became a relativity today, because we are not free until we are ALL equal. we have achieved it in terms of race and things like religion or voting, but there are still homosexual individuals that are not allowed to get married and they don’t have all the same rights as a heterosexual individual. Martin Luther King was a brave man he put a lot on the line to put his word out there, but if we cant all be equal what was the point. So there are many ways that we are equal but then again we have improving to do.

  • Alisa

    To be honest, I think Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has come true. Racism is not a big thing anymore, and people are coming together as one. There’s always going to be that one person that says something about an African-African, but they’ll have a whole group of people after them. It’s not illegal, but it’s not right either. But, it hasn’t entirely became fulfilled yet. Only a small part of homosexuals can get married, and the rest can not. There will always be those people outside of your life that will not like homosexuals, or those people that will not like African-Americans or Caucasians. Most of Martin’s dream has come true, but a small portion hasn’t.

  • Kennady Paige

    Martin Luther King’s dream has come true to a certain extent. Different races have learned to be corgel with each other but racism is very much so still alive. Equality is not spread out to every person in every way; we all should know that. Every one in the world still has a lot to work on. People are not born with hate in their hearts. If we stop teaching it, it won’t exist any more. Period.

    • Alex P

      I completely agree with you. Martin Luther King’s dream could reach its full intent if we would stop teaching racism and discrimination.

      • Kennady Paige

        Thank you. :)