Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others started the civil rights movement in the hope to eliminate any kind of discrimination based on race. Non-violent protests, sit-ins etc. were created by Dr. King in an effort to stand up, but at the same time be civil and safe. After years of fighting MLK and other African Americans got what they wanted. In 1964 the Civil Rights Act was created, “it banned discrimination in employment and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, or national origin. Shortly after, Voting Rights Act of 1965 was created, “This act restored and protected the right to vote for African Americans.” Finally, there was the Fair Housing Act of 1968 which, “banned housing discrimination for sales or rentals.” Without MLK’s accomplishments during the civil rights movement, we would live in a very different world today. Unless there was a future contributor African Americans would barely have any rights. They could be discriminated upon, making it almost impossible to get a job. They would not be allowed to vote, and therefore would have no say what goes on in their own country. Lastly, they would be discriminated upon when trying to rent/buy a house, frankly making them homeless. Overall African American would not be able to have the basic freedom, equality, and respect that they deserve. I think Americans across the country, no matter how different they are, are proud and ecstatic that we have the opportunity to live your life the way you want to, in the best country in the world. Civil Rights are “the basic right of freedom from discrimination based on certain characteristics such as gender, race, or disability…”. Just think about those first few words, the “basic rights”, sure it sounds basic at this day and age, but it wasn’t always. They were something hard to come by for most African Americans. The discriminated fought for their “basic rights” for years and they finally accomplished it. So, I think Americans believe civil rights are what makes America great, and what makes everyone equal in respect. Dr. King’s most obvious character traits were self-confidence and determination. To be a leader to practically every African American is a lot of pressure but MLK never wavered that he would achieve the basic rights. After almost ten years of trying to achieve something most people might give up and think it is hopeless, but Dr. King didn’t stop, even after he succeeded. MLK “..had a dream..” and his confidence that he would accomplish that dream never ended. Secondly, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was determined, just like his confidence he never thought he couldn’t do it, he was determined and confident that he could strive to make life in America better for African Americans.