Human rights and civil rights issues are important topics today. From the humanitarian efforts that are needed on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to the civil rights issues surrounding the latest national anthem protests during the National Football League (NFL), finding a way to make sure that the world is a safe place is important. And while many people are certain that they are right in their own opinions, we live in a world where it is increasingly important to make sure that you are listening to your both your friends and family. Even the friends and family members who have different believes than you do.
Today’s civil rights leaders and human rights activists may find themselves remembering Martin Luther King speeches and the impact that they had, as they struggle to find a way to be heard today. Finding the right way to get a message across, however, can be a challenge in a world and a time when no one wants to listen and consider someone else’s opinion.
From making sure there are educational opportunities for all students to finding the best way to make sure that you calmly share your opinion, it is important to make sure that you are able to calmly, but assertively, share your ideas and believes. Consider some of these facts about the civil rights and human rights history this country has and the many challenges that we are still facing:
- Banning discrimination in public facilities and schools, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by the 88th Congress.
- Speaking at over 2500 public events in his life, Martin Luther King Jr spoke and delivered up to 450 speeches a year.
- Martin Luther King Jr. led 2,000 people on a five day, 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama in the year 1965.
- The sit-in movement spread from Greensboro, North Carolina, to 55 cities in 13 states by the end of March in the year 1960.
- More than 30,000 people paid their respects to Rosa Parks when her body was brought to the U.S. Capitol rotunda in the year 2005.
- As recent as the year 2015, black families are on average 13 times poorer than white families.
The news today can be a challenge to handle. From the NFL controversy that is being fueled by the President and his tweets to the humanitarian efforts that are needed to help the latest hurricane victims, we live in a world where we all need to continue to listen to those who are our friends and family.