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1963 is the year Martin Luther King made his famous of all speeches 'I have a dream' expressing his thoughts and feelings about how black people were treated and how he hoped they would be treated in the near future.

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_______________________________ ____________________ 1963 is the year Martin Luther King made his famous of all speeches 'I have a dream' expressing his thoughts and feelings about how black people were treated and how he hoped they would be treated in the near future. In 1963 African-American people in the southern states of USA, which are Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas, were being treated unequally, discriminated against and people were prejudice towards them. Black people were rated inferior and insecure by the whites, they were intimidated and much of the white population were racist. An example of this is the Ku Klux Klan who hated blacks and didn't want the black people to be free so they went around dressed in white robes terrorizing, whipping, shooting and lynching blacks and the government could do nothing about it. Black people were living in the worst conditions, in poverty and ghettos, it is as if they are captives in their own land, like Martin Luther king says 'The Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity' and 'The Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land'. ...read more.

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On 28th August 1963 over 200,000 Americans, including some whites gathered at the Lincoln memorial in the capital where Martin Luther king delivered his speech "I have a dream". In his speech "I have a dream" Martin Luther kings intention was to make Black people believe in themselves, he was telling them to be proud of whom you are as he had said in one of his other speeches " first and foremost we are American citizens." He was telling them freedom is not far away, he wanted the whole world to know that the black people have a leader that can help rise them to their expectations. He also told them that in the process of gaining freedom they shouldn't turn to physical violence. "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred" but instead "conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline." Martin Luther king said, " We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt." He used two nouns 'Bank' and 'bankrupt' saying that The Government has got money, power, to stop segregation, it is not bankrupt. ...read more.

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They got their respect from people because Martin Luther king had ended segregation. In conclusion I believe that the non-violent freedom struggle that was waged across America should have happened because no living soul can bear the pain of fire. The black people are human beings just like everyone else, how could they possible have listen to what was being said about them and not do anything. They needed to show the world that they were going to fight back, politically and get the rights they deserve. Even though Martin Luther king died at an early age, 39, he lived long enough to see his dream come to life. He lived long enough to see an end to segregation. Martin Luther king said love each other instead of hating and treat everyone with the same respect regardless of race, religion and status. "Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of goods children." I think Martin Luther king should be thought of as a political hero and should follow his way of fighting. When he says, " I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning f it's creed," he is also telling other religions to show their real meaning. MOHAMMED 10I ...read more.

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