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Where is the Civil Rights Movement Now?

Today we honor one of the most important leaders of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr.  It is because of such a day that we must ask ourselves, where is the civil rights movement today? How far have we come and what battles do we have yet to overcome?

During President Obama’s farewell speech last week, he spoke about race still being a divisive force in this country. America may have made huge strides from the equality battles fought decades ago but if the recent rampage of multiple police violence and the public racial discriminatory remarks during our last election have taught us anything, is that we need the civil rights movement to continue more than ever.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which

has been fighting to protect our rights since 1909 has released a press release encouraging Americans to stand against discrimination and protect our civil rights.  We are living in very uncertain times and still have race-based discrimination in our health, education and civic sectors. Let today remind us that the fight is not over and that we all must unite to stay strong and never stop fighting for equal rights.

To learn more about the NAACP, please visit http://www.naacp.org

Lourdes Martin

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