King speaks of the American dream in almost every speech. This American dream is a dream of total equality, a society in which whites and blacks could live side by side, work together, fight together, and attend school together. His most famous speech was the speech about this dream. The "I Have a Dream" speech was given on August 28, 1963 by the Lincoln memorial. (217 Dream) The entire nation came to plea for justice and freedom. Both black and white men and women gathered here on this day to hear Kings plea. To start this speech King refers to the "founding fathers" and their plea for freedom.
"But one hundred yeas later, the Negro still is not free; one hundred yeas later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination; one hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity; one hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land" (217 Dream)
King makes this statement with such power; he shows that yes, America did get its freedom, yet it has taken away the freedom from a certain race. On this day they have gathered at the nation's capitol to gain their rights. King compares this demonstration as coming to cash a check. The check of freedom is well due. (217 Dream) When the great leaders wrote the constitution and the declaration of independence they were signing a promise, a promise to freedom. Blacks have not... [continues]
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