Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream in Progress Essay

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Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, "I Have a Dream," was given to a crowd of 200,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. This speech turned out to be one of the greatest speeches ever given, due to Dr. King's background and beliefs that become evident through this speech. His background in the ministry is reflected in his great ability to speak to a public audience. Only someone with his talent in speaking could have put the words together so powerfully. His beliefs are personified in every line, which gives an in-depth look into the crisis of the time.

Dr. King starts his "I Have a Dream" speech giving reference to the time when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. The purpose of this document was to
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This fight for equality will not be a simple cat fight; African Americans are going to keep fighting until justice has been delivered. However, this fight must not be carried out with fists of hatred, but with open hands and determined minds of proud people in order to refrain from becoming that which they are fighting against.

Also, at this point in the speech Dr. King makes a reference to the feelings toward white people of the time. Not all white people of the time opposed this movement. In fact some of them joined it. The movement after all was not for black equality, but for racial equality. All races were to gain from this movement, for if your brother was imprisoned would you not free him?

Imagine you were there. If it was your blood kin you would be the first to help him overcome his problems. These people were blood kin. The blood that flows through the black man's veins is the same as the white man's. We both bleed red, which results in only one race--human.

King then makes his reference to a dream, a dream that all Americans are equal, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, yet this ideal still remains a distant fantasy. The walls of segregation have been torn down, but the dust still blinds the two sides from seeing each other. Only by trying to walk that path through the thick dust will we be able to bridge the gorge that separates us. We cannot stand by with our hands over our eyes and
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