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Martin Luther King's speech in "Jobs and Freedom" presented his hopes for an end to racial discrimination in the USA. How did people respond to his ideas?

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Adiba Afros Grade 10 Humanities History Essay Martin Luther King's speech in "Jobs and Freedom" presented his hopes for an end to racial discrimination in the USA. How did people respond to his ideas? Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech was presented during the 'Jobs and Freedom' March, which was held on 28th August, 1963 near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The march was supported by over 250 000 people and was a great success. About one third of the crowd was white. That day several speeches were delivered however, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" was and still is one of the most powerful and moving speeches. His speech was broadcasted on TV and published in newspapers. The march itself is still considered to be a very powerful event in the history of America's civil rights. In his speech, Martin Luther King spoke of the injustice and discrimination of the different races, especially the black race. ...read more.

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John F. Kennedy who was the president at that time, later tried to create a civil rights bill to end the segregation of the races. However, it wasn't fulfilled due to his assassination but Lyndon B. Johnson the new president solidified the bill with the Congress and passed on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which put an end to the segregation in public places such as libraries, swimming pools, gas stations, hotels etc. Soon enough many companies started to accept black workers and thousands of hotels, schools, motels, restaurants etc allowed people of different races, gave equal job opportunities and the right to vote for all in America, including blacks. Not only has the march fulfilled a number of their protests but it also gave them 'pride' in their race and confidence. 6 Even the media support the movement. They showed the brutality and injustice on the blacks whereas on the other hand the blacks fought for justice through peaceful protests. ...read more.

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He wasn't only a symbol in America but was also recognized globally for his peaceful movements. Bibliography Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech I have a dream. (n.d.). retrieved Nov. 10, 2004, from Spartacus Web site: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAdream.htm. -- (n.d.). retrieved Nov. 14, 2004, from International Information Program- U.S.Info.state.gov Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/civilrts/march.htm. Oetting, D. L. (n.d.). Martin luther king, 'i have a dream,'. retrieved Nov. 13, 2004, from Douglass Archives Web site: http://douglassarchives.org/king_b12.htm. Klu klux klan. (n.d.). retrieved Nov. 13, 2004, from Spartacus Web site: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAkkk.htm. The life and words of martin luther king, jr.. (n.d.). retrieved Nov. 13, 2004, from Scholastic Web site: http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/honormlk/mlklife2.htm. March on washington. (n.d.). retrieved Nov. 19, 2004, from Stanford Web site: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/about_king/encyclopedia/march_washington.html. Peace icon- dr. martin luther king, jr.. (n.d.). retrieved Nov. 19, 2004, from http://yonip.com/main/peace/luther.html. 1 Lines 9-10 from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream' speech. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAdream.htm (full citation in bibliography) 2 http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAkkk.htm (full citation in bibliography) 3 Lines 91-92 from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream' speech. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAdream.htm (full citation in bibliography) 4 http://yonip.com/main/peace/luther.html (full citation in bibliography) 5 http://douglassarchives.org/king_b12.htm 6 http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/honormlk/mlklife2.htm (full citation in bibliography) 7 http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/about_king/encyclopedia/march_washington. ...read more.

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