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does not have to rely on anyone else to make an impact on society, the narrator slowly lifts

himself from the darkness he once found solace in. The protagonist realizes that he no longer

has to subject himself to being just another man in the crowd; he sees that he can (and will) be

the one to lead the crowd. The narrator spends almost the entirety of Invisible Man lost in

feelings of inferiority until he finally comes to an epiphany: If [I] follow this conformity

business they’ll end up by forcing me…to become white, which is not a color but the lack of

one” (577). At last, Ellison’s character finds the strength to resist the pull of society; to resist the

temptation to give in and act as the world’s puppet; to resist being anyone but the man he is

meant to be. The invisible man finally realizes that though society has chosen to outcast his skin

color and his culture, the ability to succeed in the world is colorblind.

This slow, steady determination to make it through the world that African Americans

found soon began to rise above the once-dominant feelings of racism and inferiority. Famous for

his efforts to fight for the rights of African Americans, Martin Luther King Jr. never backed

down from his stance that men of all colors should be equal. King stood firm and held fast to his

beliefs, never once feeling he and his followers were wrong in their actions. In his speech

“There comes a time when people get tired”, King proudly states: “We are not wrong in what we

are doing…if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong.” King also takes time to quote Booker T.

Washington, a fellow civil rights activist who encouraged African Americans to strive for and

work to gain equality, but to “let no man pull you down so low as to make you hate him” (qtd. in

“There comes a time”). In silent protest against the segregation of buses, King encouraged his

fellow African Americans not to take the bus, but to instead walk to their destinations, ne it night

or day, hot or cold, rain or shine. Through silent movements, King and his followers spoke

louder for the black community than any riot ever could. Also an activist in the movement to

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