|Following the Civil Rights Movement, the United
States would experience many more great changes and social reforms.
In fact, the Civil Rights Movement had great influence on these
movements. For instance, the Women's Liberation took place in the
1960's and 1970's. Many of the women in the Liberation had been
advocates of civil rights. Women served in similar roles during the
late 1800's and early 1900's, when many women's suffragettes were
also abolitionists. After the Civil Rights Movement, protest
against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War heightened as well.
The term colored was removed from everyday language after the
1960's, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first celebrated on
January 20, 1986.
In 1995, a Million Man March was held in Washington, D.C. Open
only to African-American males, it was led by Louis Farrakhan (the
leader of the Nation of Islam). Because African-American males were
often viewed unfavorably, Farrakhan (1933- ) and his followers
hoped to change this image by promoting positive images and
Today, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of racial equality is
much closer to reality. Programs such as Affirmative Action have
helped minorities advance in education and professions. Affirmative
action has created much controversy, however. Many claim that it
brings forth reverse discrimination for white males. It was the
subject of the 1978 case, Regents of the University of
California v. Bakke, in which Allan Bakke, a white male, sued
for reverse discrimination and won.
Dr. King's memory continues to live on today. Numerous
hospitals, schools, libraries, bridges, forests, parks, postage
stamps, etc. bear his name, image, and/or work. Examples include
the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.; the
Dr. Martin Luther King Bridge in St. Louis, Missouri; and the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Los Angeles, California. In San
Francisco, California, there is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
that presents the "I Have a Dream" speech on green glass in many
different languages. All of these memorials, monuments, and
tributes help to keep King's memory and work alive.
The Civil Rights Movement also has a number of memorials
constructed in its honor. An example is the Civil Rights Memorial
in Montgomery, Alabama, that was designed by Maya Lin (1959- ).
This memorial features a circular timetable of events from the
Movement and a quote from King's "I Have a Dream" speech. [You can
view pictures of other artworks by Maya Lin in the Virtual Museum's
It must be remembered that many people risked their lives to
bring about equality for all, and not just for African Americans.
Today's society is more accepting of those who are different
because of the brave people who dared to fight for equal