Martin Luther King Jr.: I Have a Dream

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I Still Have a Dream
Almost everyone who has ever heard or read Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech has been touched to the core of their soul. I, myself, agree with the concept of his speech and can feel my blood race with reaction to the manner it is spoken. Three main points of the speech is to define when change starts, the unity involved, and the forgiveness that is needed.

First of all, this speech was given to define the starting point of change. In his speech he states, “Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning.” That moment in history was an important beginning for many in their search for equality. This opened the doors to demand equality for all mankind. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The time had come for change just as the Declaration of Independence had promised.

Next, the speech gives the path that has to be taken to achieve change. Along that path is very important component called forgiveness. He also states in his speech, “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” I believe this is his way of instructing everyone to let the past be the past. If we want change to happen then we must allow ourselves to move forward. Soon after he then states, “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.” The only way to succeed in doing that is to offer forgiveness.

Lastly, the speech ends with the point that no one alone can make change happen. Everyone has to commit to change to ensure that all of God’s men are created equal. He states very simply in his speech, “We cannot walk alone.” He also states, “Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children.” Only then can true change occur. A time when no one is judged by the color of their skin means change happened. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr....
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