Martin Luther King, Jr.

In founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave momentum to the civil rights movement. Dr. King’s persistent efforts, inspiring oratory and non-violent protests, despite physical attacks, death threats and retaliatory violence, brought America closer to his dream of equality for all.

Social issues Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed:

  • Civil Rights
  • Respect for diversity
  • Justice and Equality
  • Poverty


Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Civil Rights – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, the workplace and by facilities that serve the general public. Even though we have made progress, prejudice and racism are still with us. The need to protect the equal rights of all is as important as ever. Source
  • Tolerance and Respect - Bullying is one of the most common forms of violence in our society. Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Sources - Pacer and Do Something
  • Poverty - Approximately 46.7 million are living in poverty (2013). Source