Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is, arguably, the most influential African American leader in the history of the United States of America. His “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered on Wednesday, August 28th, 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Equality. His words were captivating and full of hope. The March on Washington for Jobs and Equality was not the first large civil rights march led by African Americans. There were many marches previous such as the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in 1957; a march organized by A. Philip Randolph who became well known after he began planning a “mass gathering in Washington to draw attention to discrimination in the war defense industry, prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to desegregate the nation 's munitions factories and establish the Fair Employment Practices Commission” (Civil Rights Digital Library) in the 1940s. Dr. King also spoke at this event, giving his powerful “Give Us the Ballot” speech which brought him to prominence and fame, however, it is the “I Have a Dream” that has become the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are three themes that resonate while reading and listening to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The first theme is that there is a great need for equality in America for their black citizens. He deduced, “One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacle of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a…

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