Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech ( (Who is…
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Who is Martin Luther King?
Martin Luther King was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 through 1968. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs and inspired by the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.
King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.
America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial 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.
Thesis Statement : "One Hundred Year later, the Negro is still not free."
"The life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination."
"the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity."
"he Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land."
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
"We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality."
"We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote."
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Questioning the text
Was the speech given when Martin Luther King marched from Selma to Montgomery?
Are people from the Negro nation oppressed until today?
What urged Martin Luther King to do the said speech?
Why do Americans give insufficient funds for Negro people?
Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream talks about how America is treating people with color differently. In the text, he emphasized that the Negro nation's time to rise is now, but in order for them to achieve what they want, they must not do wrong deeds. When freedom finally rings, everyone would rejoice.
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