Mlk- I Have a Dream Speech Analysis

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Mlk- I Have a Dream Speech Analysis

By | May 2013
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Review of a Filmed Speech
“I Have A Dream” Martin Luther King Jr.
Evan Rodgers

On August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr delivered a speech on the equality of whites and blacks. He gave the speech in front of an audience of approximately 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial. It was a dynamic speech that touched the hearts of audiences and brought the country together to fight for a common dream of equality.

The main message that the speech has is freedom and equality. King had suffered the racial injustice of America at that time and was tired of the segregation. “We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: ‘For Whites Only.’” At this point in time, society was segregated to an extreme. Blacks and whites did not mix, the black people were forced to sit at the back of the bus while the white people had the privilege of the front. The two races could not drink from the same water fountains and attended segregated schools. There had been attempts to make a change in the past such as Rosa Parks, however no one was able to leave the same lasting impression that King did and make such a change in society as we now know it.

“One day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” King had a dream, a dream of racial equality. King was not fighting for only his own rights, he was also fighting for the future of his children, so that they would not endure the cruel police brutality of the times. In the speech King states “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This does not only show his dream for the future generations but also gives the speech personal identity by including his own children.

Throughout the speech King uses a various amount...