MLK's influence on civil rights did not end with his death
By Allen Smith, Julia Tylor and Andrew Peeling
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, shook the nation to its core. The leader of the nonviolent civil rights movement had been killed, and the path forward for this diverse nation was uncertain.
In 1957, King was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, formed to mobilize the civil rights movement. He led massive nonviolent protests in the 1960s in Birmingham, Ala.; Albany, Ga.; Washington, D.C.; Selma, Ala.; and Chicago, among other places, opposing discriminatory hiring practices; segregated public places, restrooms and public housing; and denial of voting rights. Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, King also protested the Vietnam War in 1967.
But King's influence on civil rights did not end with his death. His legacy has been the enactment of numerous statutes prohibiting discrimination, the issuance of Supreme Court decisions furthering the civil rights cause and the advancement of people from a variety of backgrounds in public service. This timeline outlines some of the notable milestones for workplaces around the country in the long, ongoing struggle for equal rights.
Author: Allen Smith, Julia Tylor and Andrew Peeling
Source: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)