The federal government, state police, and white supremacists were all entangled in the Elmyra Effect when they refused to alter their values in the face of Dr. King's marches. Emperor Hirohito felt the Elmyra Effect when he nearly allowed his pride to destroy his country. Don't allow legacy, pride, or tradition impede the path of social progress. We all know and agree that the world is an imperfect place, we merely disagree about what specifically should change. However, you can't merely stand aside and let the world pass you by, as the folk music organiser who disagreed with Bob Dylan's electric rock masterpieces was doing. Embrace change. Promote progress. In doing this, you can honor the past while still moving into the future. As a society, if we stagnate, we die.
On August 6th of 1965, precisely 20 years after Truman’s bombing of Hiroshima, President Lyndon Johnson reacted to the harassment of Dr. King's marchers by signing into law the Voting Rights Act, which fully protected the rights of African-American voters. On August 30th, just over a full month after being booed onstage for going electric at the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan released Highway 61 Revisited, his first electric album, which was universally acclaimed and remains his highest rated work. If 1965 taught us nothing else, we learned that even though it's been a long time coming, a change is gonna come. It's your choice whether you're on the side of progress, or deperately clinging to the past.