5 Influential Figures Keeping Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream Alive

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every Martin Luther King Day, people look back on the vivid dream of progress and equality one man had for America’s future. Today, we not only celebrate King’s legacy, but also witness the continuation of his audacious vision with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The president isn’t the only one doing great things for blackness in 2013 and beyond. Here are five modern changemakers you should all be aware of.