Dream. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. A dream of freedom, of complete brother hood, the true American dream, the dream of full equality. King was one of history’s most influential leaders of racial justice. King organized marches, speeches, and much more to motivate the Africans of America to fight for their rights. His political philosophy and strong beliefs helped lead our nation to the racial justice we have today.
King speaks of the American dream in almost every speech. This American dream is a dream of total equality, a society in which whites and blacks could live side by side, work together, fight together, and attend school together. His most famous speech was the speech about this dream. The “I Have a Dream” speech was given on August 28, 1963 by the Lincoln memorial. (217 Dream) The entire nation came to plea for justice and freedom. Both black and white men and women gathered here on this day to hear Kings plea. To start this speech King refers to the “founding fathers” and their plea for freedom.
“But one hundred yeas later, the Negro still is not free; one hundred yeas later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination; one hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity; one hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land” (217 Dream)
King makes this statement with such power; he shows that yes, America did get its freedom, yet it has taken away the freedom from a certain race. On this day they have gathered at the nation’s capitol to gain their rights. King compares this demonstration as coming to cash a check. The check of freedom is well due. (217 Dream) When the great leaders wrote the constitution and the declaration of independence they were signing a promise, a promise to freedom. Blacks have not yet received right. In a sense their check has been returned, marked insufficient funds. (217 Dream) King refused to believe this, he knows that the nation can “cash” their check, he knows that they can give them their rights and freedoms. They are here to demand their rights, and there is no better time, and the Negro can wait no longer. (218 Dream) This time is urgent, for if freedom ...
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... racism in the south, in King’s speech he states
“The burning of our churches will not deter us. We are on the move now. The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us. We are on the move now. The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. We are on the move now. The arrests and release of known murderers will not discourage us. We are on the move now.” (229 God)
This small excerpt shows how strong King’s speaking was, he shows that no matter what comes his way he will fight it. King is willing to pay any consequence. (229 God) He believes that the might army of the States or any nation could be their power.
The path to freedom was a long rough and rugged one, uneasily traveled by any man. King made this journey with complete heart and trust in himself and in his people. He made this journey with his head held high and his beliefs in his heart ready to fight for the rights of blacks . King was one of the greatest and most honored leaders of racial justice. As you can see in any of his speeches or letters, his ethos lead almost anyone to trust him and put their faith in his faith.
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