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January 2018


            On August 28, 1963, a recognizable
speech by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. named, “I Have a Dream.” The speech
will be listened too by almost a quarter of a million-people concentrated in
the March of Jobs and Freedom. Whom urged former President John F. Kennedy to
pass a national civil rights bill.

            One thing that King mentioned was
the Emancipation Proclamation, which was an order presented by President
Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln declared all slaves in rebellious states
become free. Even though it did not end slavery in the nation, he still had the
same heart and vision as Martin Luther King. Further into the speech, King
speaks about The Declaration of Independence. Another appropriate document in
history. Written by Thomas Jefferson who also wanted to be free from the
British. Which is not much different from the slaves wanting to be free from their
owners. Free from poverty, free some segregation, free from being treated
unequally by anyone. In which, a distinguished line in The Declaration of
Independence was, “all men are created equal.” Guaranteeing “unalienable
rights” for both black men and white men. Instead; “America has given the Negro people a bad check, a
check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” (King)

            On top of all the rejection and pain
African Americans suffered. Dr. King believes in no way wanting to resolve this
in physical violence. Specifying rising from the dark and refusing to lose hope.

He says, “But there is something that I
must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the
palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be
guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by
drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our
struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.” (King) Turning back was
something they could not afford and giving up was more of not an option.


King also, implies by using repetition in his speech and evidently using the
phrase “I have a dream” and “Let freedom ring.” Again, the whole purpose of
this speech was to obtained freedom for African Americans. “that one day on the
red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave
owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” (King)
Martin Luther king also includes talking about his children coule in a world
where they would only be judged on their character and not on the color of
their skin. One can imagine how a child felt seeing but more experiencing the
horrible treatment they received. Additionally, his dream overall wanted that, “that
one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be
made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be
made straight.” (King)

“I Have a Dream” speech has always been a significant part in my life. Martin
Luther King Jr. as well. I remember doing a school project about him when I was
in third grade and loved every minute of it. This speech is ideal for history
past, present, and future. What King did for his people was something not
anyone could do. He knew society was in the wrong, he knew people were not
supposed to be treated unequal. People are not things and one has to remember
that. Considering the world is not perfect but it never hurts to try to make it
a better place. Thanks to Martin Luther King, he changed the lives of many.

Perhaps not instantly but significantly the minds of countless people.