Essay on Critical Analysis of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Speech

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Critical Analysis of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Speech


In this critical analysis I am going to look at Martin Luther King, Jr and the 'I have a dream' speech. Martin Luther King, Jr is very distinguished due to the many outstanding achievements he accomplished throughout his life. He was an American clergyman and he accomplished the Nobel Prize for one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King's defiance to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950's and 1960's helped persuade many white Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States. Following his assassination in 1968, King became a representation of protest in the
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Benjamin E. Mays, the president of Morehouse and a leader in the national community of racially liberal clergymen, was particularly important in modelling King's theological development.

Whilst studying in Boston King met his future wife, Coretta Scott, a music student and a native of Alabama. They were married in 1953 and went on to have four children. He then went on to accept his first pastorate at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, a church with an intelligent congregation that had been led by a minister who strongly protested against racial discrimination.

Montgomery's black population had prolonged grievances about the mistreatment of the black race on city buses. Many white bus drivers would enforce the city segregation laws, which would result in the humiliation of the black passengers, the laws forced black passengers to sit at the back of the bus and give up their seat to a white passenger, if there were no spare seats. By the 1950's Montgomery's blacks had begun contemplating a boycott, which would not end segregation but an effort to gain better treatment for the black race.

The Montgomery bus boycott lasted just over a year, demonstrating a new enthusiasm of protest among Southern blacks. King's serious demeanour and assiduous appeal to Christian brotherhood and American
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