Waiting on Dr. King's Dream Essay

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Waiting on Dr. King's Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "I Have a Dream", was delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Dr. King starts his speech by recalling the Emancipation Proclamation which gave hope to those who were bound by slavery. Yet this hope has definitely faded. One hundred years later African Americans are still in captivity. Although slavery does not exist, those of color are bound by the color of their skin. While African Americans are a large part of society, they are pushed to the corners and often feel exiled in their own land. Dr. King speaks of two great documents; the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Each of these documents made wonderful
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A conscience effort must be made to offer all Americans the same rights and riches of freedom. African Americans should no longer have to deal with problems of exclusion. The word "American" shows no color. Instead it includes our population as a whole.

Dr. King hopes that the determination found in African Americans is taken seriously. Wanting equal rights is not just some phase. Instead it is a goal. This goal will not be reached until equal rights are granted. Each person of every race must make a conscious effort now to cross the boundaries that have been set up between the races. We must adopt and hold true, new positive ways of thinking. Our actions must reflect a desire to be one strong nation in which each individual shares the same freedoms and no one feels excluded from society. Parents must make sure that they instill honorable values into their children. These values must mirror the idea that every individual is not to be judged by his or her race.

Dr. King believes that two wrongs do not make a right. He warns African Americans that in their quest for equality, they must not take part in bitterness and hatred. Instead they should look to dignity and discipline. Dr. King speaks strongly against physical violence. He feels that physical force must be matched with soul force. This message of peace that Dr. King delivers, should definitely be focused on. He strongly expresses the fact that physical violence would be easy to fall into
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