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Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

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Martin Luther King Jr. gave his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 for the March on Washington. Born to a Baptist minister in Atlanta, Georgia, King became a Civil rights activist who promoted peace rather than violence. His background before being known as the civil rights activist was being the first president of the southern Christian leadership conference, then became the leading spokesman for the civil rights movement. King preaches to fight for freedom with dignity and discipline. He later speaks about how slaves were freed but the black race in itself is still not free. All of his boycotts and protests were all done without any type of violence, king insists that “there is something I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.” (302) The black races face segregation and discrimination in their everyday life. His fight isn’t only for the freedom of all but Justice for “all of God’s children” (302) It is made clear that King has the dream that one day all races will be equal. He wants his children to grow up in a world where they aren’t judged by what their skin color is, King declares, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” (303) Hope is a continuous message that is brought out through the entire
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