Martin Luther King Jr., a name many of us know. A man who set out in hopes to inspire the world to change. Patrick Joseph, my father, was telling me that Martin Luther King isn't a revolutionary, that the word revolution comes from revolting. The man Malcom X, who is also a well known human rights activist, my father claimed was more of a Revolutionary than King was.
The dictionary defines a revolutionary as "someone who brings about change in a fundamental way." Martin Luther King Jr. was one of many leaders who brought light to a lot of the problems that Americans would just cover up. Such as discrimination, unequal rights, and violence due to it.
Doctor King stood for peace, equality and justice. He didn't fight back against the people who tried to shut them down, or the police officers that would use brutal force to try and get the protests off the streets. Martin Luther King once said "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." It was shocking to many of how peaceful of a man he was. How strongly he believed that love is the only way to succeed. Malcolm X did what many people originally wanted, and that was rebel and fight.
There's no doubt in my mind that this man had a very positive impact on our society even today. Diversity in schools are growing, women have more rights, children have a voice, peaceful protests are a lot more common, and injustices are coming to the light. I would say that Martin Luther King still has an influence on today.