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A Better Understanding of, "I have a dream"

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A Better Understanding of, "I have a dream" On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time to an audience of more than 200,000 civil rights supporters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In his, "I have a dream" speech, King addressed his encouragement of white and black people working together to achieve racial peace and harmony. He especially wanted to teach the young blacks that equality could be gained through the use of non-violence. The main reason King used nonviolence was to create a situation so different from the usual, that it will open the door to negotiations of desegregation and equal opportunity. King also urged African Americans to never forget their dreams and preached that in the eyes of God, blacks should be treated as equals because they are as good as any other race. ...read more.


There were many things that occurred during the civil rights movement for the "I have a dream" speech to have been written and greatly admired by so many people. Since segregation was taking place, Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for what he believed in. He said that the African Americans weren't free and weren't treated equal, as he thought they should be. He specifically stated, "There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights." Martin Luther King Jr. felt the same as many other African Americans, hoping that someday all the racism will disappear and the people doing the racism will realize that everyone should get a chance at being treated equally. Martin Luther King Jr. also drew attention to the fact African Americans were also included in the promises of the American Constitution that all people were created equal. ...read more.


"All of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics." Martin Luther King just wanted the nation to follow its rules and laws correctly and fairly, as they should have been from the day they were created. In conclusion, Martin Luther King's speech, "I have a dream," inspired many black and white listeners who were present in Washington and who were watching in on T.V. King wanted to achieve equality for his people by using non-violent methods. He urged them to win their freedom rights through hard work and brotherhood, by gaining self- respect, through leadership, and by keeping the faith that some day it will come true. King wanted the segregationists to recognize their foolishness and allow the fair and just laws, that had been created, to take effect. His wisdom, words, actions, commitment, and dreams for social change, delivered in his speech, has made him one of the most inspirational people of all time. ...read more.

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