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Today’s post is by Lizzie Lau in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
When you look around today, it is hard to imagine a time when whites and blacks were segregated. They had different schools, different public transportation and even different bathrooms. Since the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, our society has certainly come a long way. The following are some examples of how far we have come in this post-racial society over the past few decades.
We Have Black Politicians
Until the 1990s, politics were dominated by white males. In 1990, Douglas Wilder became the first African American governor. Since then, many additional African Americans have decided to run for and become elected to many different political titles.
We Have a Black President
The United States has experienced 44 presidents, and it took 276 years for one of those presidents to be black. In 2008, Barack Obama made history when he was elected as the first black president of the United States. Although this occurred many years after the Civil Rights Movement, it’s still a major accomplishment in today’s society.
We have a Black History Month
February is known as Black History Month in the United States. It is during this time that many people, businesses and schools reflect back on the famous and influential black individuals throughout history. Some of these people may be from many years ago, such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Harriet Tubman. Some of these may be more recent, such as Barack Obama or even celebrities that have paved new paths. This type of honor and dedication would not have existed several decades ago, and now it’s a regular part of society.
We Have Black Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize Winners
The very first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize was Gwendolyn Brooks in 1950. The next black Pulitzer Prize winner didn’t occur until 1969, but after that, African Americans have been dominating the prestigious award.
The Nobel Prize has also seen its fair share of black winners. The first black Nobel Prize winner was Ralph Bunche in 1950. Other black winners have included Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
Movies are Dominated By Black Actors
Many African Americans have broken into the acting business and stole the hearts of the country. From dramas to comedies and everything in between, famous actors include Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy and Tyler Perry. Not only are African American actors dominating on screen, they’re also tackling and winning behind the scenes too, whether directing or writing screenplays.
Music Charts Are Cominated By Black Artists
Today’s music charts are constantly dominated by black artists. Rap and hip hop are predominantly dominated by black artists, including Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West. Other black musicians, such as Jennifer Hudson and the late Whitney Houston, are constant dominators in the R&B and pop departments. Even other genres, including ska, reggae and rock, have been dominated by black musicians over the years, and all these different genres of music are loved by people of all colors.
Guest Author: Lizzie Lau is a freelance writer who combines personal opinions and research to create appealing and informative articles on various topics.