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Dream and LegacyDr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era$
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Michael L. Clemons, Donathan L. Brown, and William H. L. Dorsey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811844.001.0001

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A Dream That Occurred or a Dream Deferred?

A Dream That Occurred or a Dream Deferred?

Race Relations from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to President Barack Hussein Obama

(p.129) A Dream That Occurred or a Dream Deferred?
Dream and Legacy

Byron D’Andra Orey

Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey

Athena M. King

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the factors which have helped (and inhibited) race relations in the US from the time of Dr. Martin Luther King to the nation’s 44th President, Barack Obama. In this chapter, the authors examine the ebb and flow of racist sentiment that continues to permeate American politics, despite the political gains of African-Americans in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement. The authors examine how, despite policies designed to foster and enhance race relations in America and benefit the progression of African-Americans in the US, African-Americans are in some ways no better off than they were in the 1950s. This is especially true with regard to voting rights, reception of the first President of the United States of African-American heritage, and the and social, economic, and political implications of having an African-American in the White House over the past eight years. In all, Dr. King’s “dream” has been realized in part, and deferred in part. As a nation, the U.S. is long overdue on a national forum on race relations to address (1) the unfortunate endurance of racism and racial resentment, (2) positive strides made by African-Americans (including the President), which are still subjected to denigration by whites harboring (and perhaps acting on) racial resentment, (3) the socioeconomic and sociopolitical implications of white privilege and its disparaging effects on African-Americans, and (4) to address possible ways for all races to move past stereotypical notions of the “other” and attempt to understand those phenotypically different from themselves.

Keywords:   Racial equality, Racism, New racism, Martin Luther King, Obama, Civil Rights Act, Shelby v. Holder, Enfranchisement

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