Speech In Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream

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Wait … did you say that blacks are being treated poorly because of their skin color? Yes, that is what Martin Luther King said after all. His speech “I Have a Dream” sums it all up that blacks were being treated poorly, but they weren’t going to let that happen any longer. Their thoughts consisted of a bright day, full of light, as they would have white neighbors, but be treated equally. Race segregation is not okay, and should have been addressed earlier on which is why I chose this speech to work with. Blacks were still being treated unfairly 100 years after the Civil War, sadly after Thomas Jefferson gave them hope within their community. “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves.” (King, 2) After the Civil War had occurred, Thomas Jefferson had signed the Emancipation Proclamation giving the entire black community hope that there would be an end to segregation. This hope has been carried on for over 100 years, therefore giving them the thought that everything was lost and they would have to live with segregation forever. Martin Luther King stepped his foot down to say enough is enough, things need to be changed if after 100 years from the Civil War it can’t. The repetition emphasizes the fact it is 100 years later, and is an urgent case at the moment. The allusion is reminding us that the Civil War was five score years ago, and segregation should be ended now, 100 years later. “One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” (King, 3) “And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition” (King, 3) There was still major segregation at the time, and Martin Luther King made the world aware of that by getting his community together to get the point across. Not only was the segregation of blacks affecting just the blacks, it was also the whites. “Evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.” (King, 9) Everyone has an impact from this situation, even though no one may have realized it at the time. White people are looking for the end, just as much as blacks. Just because it wasn’t directed towards
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