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Central’s student body is culturally, ethically, and racially diverse. This would not be the case if it were not for the sacrifices that American heroes made during the Civil Rights Movement. One of the most notable and popular figures during this time was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He had a dream that segregation and social injustices would be no more. Has society kept his dream alive, or are there still remnants of the past that still haunt the world today?
Junior history teacher, Sean Seals, shared his perspective by explaining what he has observed over the years. He seemed content about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream being fulfilled, however he had a few critiques about how his vision has held up.
“I believe that his dream has held up pretty well to a certain extent. However, there have been several dilemmas throughout the years that have challenged the vision. Not everyone is one-hundred percent on board with his ideals. There are still unfair racial injustices that go against equality to this day,” Seals said.
History teacher Duncan Kelley was very expressive about his views on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream being preserved. He brought up direct points that really make society reflect on its actions.
“If Martin Luther King could see how things are today, I do not think he would be pleased. There are still hate crimes going on across the nation against minorities and other oppressed groups of people. Many Americans are very hypocritical when it comes to politics, and tend to look over what their favorite candidates have done. This is a twisted reality of what he imagined, and we deserve a change,” Kelley expressed.
Students at Central all have differing ideas on how the dream has affected us today. Yet, the most common idea seems to be that his impact resulted in a positive outcome.
“It depends on how you view his dream. Martin Luther King wanted everything to be equal and for everyone to have a chance in life. I personally do not believe that’s around today, because there is still some [racial division] going on. This is especially true in workplaces, or even your local grocery store. I don’t really know how I fall into this, because I am biracial,” Freshman Adrian Copeland said.
Senior Cedric Williams believes that the dream could be interpreted in several ways, but it is, overall, still alive.
Regardless of one’s stance on the matter, most everyone can agree that Martin Luther King would like for people to reflect on how far the fight for equality has come, as well as spend time helping those in need on the Monday in his honor.