“Investments” conjures up images of numbers, digits, and profit for the vast majority of people. However, throughout history, there have been many people whose investments have been far more important than money and stocks. They influenced political changes in their countries that benefited all aspects of the country. Gandhi in India, Napoleon in France, Che Guevara in Cuba, and many other powerful people were concerned about freedom and invested in gaining the people’s trust in order to effect change.
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States was a significant movement. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Park, a black passenger returning from work, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in accordance with the law.
Following her act, Martin Luther King gathered 5,000 people in Montgomery Church in Alabama to make the world’s largest investment in political history. For 381 days, Martin Luther King led the entire colored society of the United States in a revolt against racial segregation laws.
This movement was put to an end by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The laws were changed, and Luther King rose to prominence as the leader of the social justice movements. Despite the fact that he was assassinated in 1968, his name lives on. Years later, the result of his revolution was the election of Barak Obama as the United States’ first black president.
Indeed, Martin Luther King invested in the idea of combating racial segregation, and the reward for this investment was the power gained by a black as the country’s first person in over a half-century.