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Although the term citizens of color was used by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963, people of color did not gain prominence for many years. Martin Luther King Jr ( January 15, 1929 April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, Activist and prominent leader Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.   During the 1980's, the term people of color came to be used by civil rights activists, such as those involved with environmental justice.
Because the term people of color includes vastly different people with only the common distinction of not being white, it draws attention to the fundamental role of racialization in the US. It acts as "a recognition that certain people are racialized" and serves to emphasize "the importance of coalition," by "making connections between the ways different 'people of color' are racialized. "
Linguistically, the term person of color "stands nonwhite on its head, substituting a positive for a negative. "  Whereas nonwhite defines people by what they lack (whiteness), people of color positively defines people by their connected experiences.
[P]eople of color is a phrase often used by nonwhites to put nonwhite positively. (Why should anybody want to define himself by what he is not?) Politically, it expresses solidarity with other nonwhites, and subtly reminds whites that they are a minority. When used by whites, people of color usually carries a friendly and respectful connotation, but should not be used as a synonym for black; it refers to all racial groups that are not white.