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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal .. we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream,” orated 53 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his “I Have A Dream” speech. Should we be satisfied? Has this dream become a reality? I think not. The 60s were defined by struggles for civil rights and demanding reform challenging conventional ideals, lifestyles and institutions. Since King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 there has not been significant positive change in America.The Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed at overcoming legal barriers preventing African-Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (history.com). Supposedly, this eliminated discriminatory voting practices yet, 1 in 13 African Americans are prohibited from voting in the United States due to felony convictions (billmoyers.com). Blacks are still facing legal barriers that strip them of their voting rights identical to 50 years ago. Statistically, incarceration targets Black and Latino populations. This restricts their rights more specifically, resembling the discriminatory institutions of the past. Many argue having a black president shows significant change in America, when in fact, it doesn’t. “Nine in ten of the people stopped by police under the Stop and Frisk in 2011 and 2012 were black or Hispanic,” (newyorker.com). 2011 and 2012 being the years of this presidency. In contemporary society, prison systems do not merely punish for crime, but hurt the political standing of a black man for the remainder of his life.Economically, men dominate and always have. Women make $0.78 for every dollar earned by a man. Black women earn $.64 and Latina women earn $.56 per dollar of a white male (makers.com). “By the time a college educated woman is 59, she will have lost almost $800,000 throughout her life due to the gender wage gap,” (huffpost.com). Black unemployment rates are double than whites, above recession rates and most importantly, haven’t changed in over 50 years. The employment rate of 1963 was 5% for whites and 10.9% for blacks, compared 6.6% and 12.6% in 2012 (Economic Policy Institute). In a study of  welfare participation over an 8 year period for women ages 15-44, 85.9% was accounted for by hispanic and black women; the “minority”. Another argument is that women can run for president, it’s been shown they can’t win.From a social perspective, the 1960s were important for exemplifying persecution of those who went against the status quo. Just as women challenged their positions in the workplace and blacks fought for equality, traditional sexual roles were challenged; ideas of which are still seeking acceptance. “Current data suggests that 20-25% of lesbian and gay people experience hate crimes in their life,” (National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs). A feminist ideal was and is the freedom for women to make decisions for their own bodies. In the era of Dr.King’sspeech, abortion was prohibited and in today’s world the legality of abortion is still being debated. Muslims are currently facing unjust treatment, almost playing the role of the minority in America. However, not targeted by only the color of their skin, but for religious beliefs. The Civil Rights Movement outlawed segregation legally, but in terms of de facto, it’s how we all live. Is righteousness really prevalent?America has yet to “live out the true meaning of its creed”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has not been truly fulfilled, in fact we’ve been plateaued since he spoke these words. Major change is not impossible or far fetched with strategy, we just have yet to achieve such. What will you do to make Dr.King’sdream a reality?