At the time of the “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years had gone by since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Unfortunately, black Americans were still being segregated up to this point. Martin Luther King Jr was one of the greatest proponents of ending segregation and he fought to change the way that things were. It is one thing to declare all men equal by law, but another to individually change the minds of people. After years and years of hate it is very hard to change the perceptions of a whole nation. One of the hardest things to do is to change how somebody thinks. It takes time for perceptions to change, as we have seen with the issue of gay marriage. For years it has been considered wrong for two people of the same sex to be married, but after many years of trying to change people’s minds it has finally gotten to the point of being much more acceptable in our culture. The dream to be free should not have ever had to of been a dream in the first place. It should have been a right. Unfortunately there are places in the world, including the United States, where slavery still exist. According to the Walk Free Foundation there are an estimated 29.8 million people in the world still in slavery, which is including 60,000 in the United States. This includes forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, as pieces of property. King hoped that one day that all men would be created equal and he said it well here, “And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring!” This is the
day he wished so badly to see. The day when all men could live in the United States and call it their own. To be able to claim the United States as their home. There is one word that is repeated often throughout this...
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