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Why Immigrants And Latinos Should Celebrate Martin Luther King Day And The Civil Rights Movement

Why Immigrants And Latinos Should Celebrate Martin Luther King Day And The Civil Rights Movement

Every year the United States of America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement on the third Monday in January. Signed on November 2nd, 1983, by president Ronald Reagan, this federal holiday is a way for Americans to commemorate King as the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

Before Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans faced brutal levels of discrimination and racism based on the color of their skin. They were not allowed to attend the same schools, businesses, or public places as their white counterparts and were treated as others in most facets of human society. It was for these reasons that King and other activists of the civil rights movement protested for equal protection under the law for all Americans.

Currently The United States of America has become one of the most diverse countries in the world with millions of people wishing to immigrate here to start a new life. Since the Civil Rights era, millions of immigrants including Latinos have migrated to the U.S. and have gone on to fulfill their American dream without realizing how they have benefited from the changes made to the law thanks to the activists who fought for civil rights.

Latinos and other Immigrants benefit directly from the equal protections guaranteed to them under the law thanks to the sacrifices made by King and others who protested during the civil rights era. Without these tremendous strides, Latinos and other immigrants would be treated as second-class and would have no rights in this country. It is because of this that Latinos and other minorities including immigrants should celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as well as the other civil rights activists of that era.

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By: La Isla Magazine

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