In modern society, individuals have grown to be over-dependent on governments. Instead of petitioning and calling for change, countelss people merely sit and wait for the government to bring about change. When comparing present day with the past, it is both humilating and disturbing how people no longer strive to take responsibility.
It is the duty and responsibility of an individual to attempt to solve the problems of the community and the nation. Martin Luther King Jr. is a person who did exactly that. Despite the suppression and segregation of the African Americans faced during the early 1900s, Martin Luther King Jr. took the initiative to combat the racial segregation. In 1995, Martin Luther led the first significant, non-violent demonstration, calling upon the abolishment of laws that empowered racial segregation on buses. Eventually, the US Supreme Court abolished those set of laws. Brick-by-brick, Martin Luther tore down the walls of racial segregation in America, through means such as the non-violent protests. The most impacting protest was the one that took place in Washington DC, where he recited his “I Have a Dream” speech. Martin Luther King Jr. felt the need to correct American society, which was then highly racist. His belief of how it was his responsibility to set thing right should be present in all individuals throughout the world.
Another advocate of change is Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi. After seeing the discrimination against colored people, Gandhi became determined to bring equality, regardless of the consequences he had to face. To achieve racial equality, Gandhi sacrificed ready-made clothing, sexual relations, and luscious food. With such predetermination, Gandhi’s efforts to combat racial segregation eventually brought change. Gandhi sets a quintessential example for citizens of the world.
The examples above further emphasize the the reason that individuals must bear the responsibility to bring change and amend the wrongs of society.