Dreams Live On
The Dream Lives On
In 1950's America, the equality of man envisioned by the Declaration of Independence was
far from a reality. People of color, blacks, Hispanics, Orientals, were discriminated
against in many ways, both overt and covert. The 1950's were a turbulent time in America,
when racial barriers began to come down due to Supreme Court decisions, like Brown v.
Board of Education; and due to an increase in the activism of blacks, fighting for equal
Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, was a driving force in the push for racial
equality in the 1950's and the 1960's. In 1963, King and his staff focused on Birmingham,
Alabama. They marched and protested non-violently, raising the ire of local officials who
sicced water cannon and police dogs on the marchers, whose ranks included teenagers and
children. The bad publicity and break-down of business forced the white leaders of
Birmingham to concede to some anti-segregation demands.