Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 's `` I Have A Dream?

852 Words Sep 14th, 2014 4 Pages
According to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, Blacks were denied their equal rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (I Have a Dream). The Emancipation Proclamation, written by Abraham Lincoln, supposedly freed all slaves but Blacks were still treated with disrespect. Blacks needed to have equal rights for many reasons. Blacks were mistreated, they were subjected to injustice and biased laws. Blacks were the “victims of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality” according to Kings Speech (I Have a Dream). Police brutality includes but is not limited to: false arrest, intimidation, racial profiling, surveillance abuse, sexual abuse, and tampering with evidence. Furthermore, Blacks had to take a literacy test, and pass it, before voting; Whites however could vote if their grandfather voted, so even if a White was poor, couldn 't pay poll taxes, and couldn 't pass a literacy test, they could still vote because of the color of their skin. Having to have separate Black and White public services: Bathrooms, bus seats, water fountains, etc., the Blacks always had poorest facilities compared to the Whites. Blacks have long endured the brutality of criticism because of their skin color. The Freedom Riders took on abuse and a burning bus to test the Court’s ruling, equal transportation for Blacks and Whites. Non-violent sit-ins were another step towards getting Blacks equal rights. Four African American college students walked up to a…
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