Martin Luther King Jr. and Idle No More: Same Spirit
by latifa.sa on April 21, 2013 - 11:10pm
“The greatest sin our time is not the few who have destroyed, but the vast majority of who sat idly by.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an Afro-American civil right activist and was the leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He played a significant role in the advancement of civil rights through the use of nonviolent civil disobedience. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott that occurred in Alabama in 1955. The boycott that lasted 382 days led to the end of racial segregation in public buses in Montgomery. Two years after, he created the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with other civil rights activists to coordinate the civil rights movement. Although they struggled during the first year after the creation of the organization, King did not give up. In 1966, the organization led by King organized a campaign against racial segregation in Alabama that succeeded at the end to open public places to black people. During his life, he led many marches and protests and made hundreds of speeches such as “I Have a Dream” for equal rights for black people. He played a pivotal role in ending segregation in the U.S. and is remembered as a human right icon. Like King did in the past, aboriginals in Canada are now doing the same by standing for their rights through the creation of the Idle No More movement. Chief Spence’s hunger strike inspired others to stand up against the legislative abuses of aboriginals. People have gathered in public spaces to show their support and discontent with the government. Although Idle No More was not created for the same exact reason as King’s movement, it is in the spirit of what he did. Like King’s movement, Idle No More movement is going forward, but still struggles to keep a sustained effort. However, segregation did not end in a day and so, there is hope that the recent movement will succeed. The creation of Idle No More is in itself an indication that people do not want to sit idly, they stand up for what they believe in.