Martin Luther King Jr. 's Speech

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At the time of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, there was a very “heavy” racism issue in the United States. African-Americans saw themselves being victimized by a corrupted system. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of many civil rights activists that came out during that period, in the middle of the 20th century. “I have a Dream” speech symbolized the chaos in 1963; Martin Luther King Jr. used it to give hope to the hundreds of thousands of African-Americans who marched for freedom, and also to create a vision of better times to come. At the same times, he was able to make the white people feel embarrassed by their actions. He started his speech by saying “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our country” (121). King Jr. conveys very strongly to his audience at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in DC, that their presence would bring out big changes for African-Americans, and it would never be forgotten. Once again he gives the audience signs by his words that there is hope ahead. King Jr. talks directly about the living conditions of the blacks, “the life of the Negro is still crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” and that the African-Americans are living “on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity” (121). This insinuates to the whites the living conditions of the blacks, and at the same time makes his audience,
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