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Critical Analysis - Martin Luther King, Jr. Introduction In this critical analysis I am going to look at Martin Luther King, Jr and the 'I have a dream' speech. Martin Luther King, Jr is very distinguished due to the many outstanding achievements he accomplished throughout his life. He was an American clergyman and he accomplished the Nobel Prize for one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King's defiance to segregation and racial discrimination in the 1950's and 1960's helped persuade many white Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States. Following his assassination in 1968, King became a representation of protest in the struggle for racial justice. Martin Luther King, Jr, History Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and he was the eldest son of Martin Luther King, Sr., who was a Baptist minister. His father enlisted as a pastor of a large Atlanta church, Ebenezer Baptists, which was founded by Martin Luther Kings, Jr's maternal grandfather. King attended a segregated school, where he excelled. He then entered Morehouse College at the age of 15 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1948. ...read more.


Although many positive consequences came from the protests, a lot of negative consequences came along too, these included many violent incidents against the protesters, including the bombing of the King's home, which therefore resulted in a lot of media attention focusing on Montgomery. King then went on to make strategic alliances with Northern whites that later accelerated his success at influencing public opinion in the United States. Through Bayard Rustin, who was a blacks civil right leader and a peace visionary, King made connections to older radical visionaries, who provided money and strategic advise. During the anti-segregation marches in Birmingham, King was arrested and was sent to jail. This is when he wrote the famous letter, 'Letter from Birmingham jail', which argued that individuals had the moral right and responsibility to disobey laws which they found unjust. This then built up many supports for the black civil rights and led onto him making one of the most famous speeches in American history, 'I have a dream,' the speech resulted in the segregation laws to change. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was instated, which prohibited segregation in public accommodations, as well as discrimination in education and employment. ...read more.


He the goes on to use biblical references 'vast ocean', in the bible this describes how the Hebrew's were treated, this is effective because at that time I'm history religion played a bigger part than nowadays, therefore it helps people to relate to what he is saying. 'America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds".' This is showing how America has treated the blacks badly. King then goes on to talk about the 'great vaults of opportunity of this nation' and how they are not shared equally. But he is careful as this might upset some of the whites, so he says 'this nation', which is buttering up the white people by showing them they can help because everyone makes up the nation. King then goes onto bring the famous president Lincoln in to the speech again 'hallowed spot' which is saying that Lincoln work needs to be finished. He continues to state how there is still a problem now, even though Lincoln tried to rectify the situation, 'urgency of now' this is showing how the injustice needs to stop now. ...read more.

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