Slavery can be detected back to early bible times. The Islerite were held into slavery for 440 years until Jehovah God freed them from the Egyptian. Slavery is a system under which people are forced to work without any monetary compensation. Also it is a system where people are treated as if they were property, are shown no respect and often work under inhumane conditions. Throughout America’s history Colored people has been the most predominant ones in falling victim to this horrific demoralizing and cruel system of slavery. However, Abraham Lincoln in 1863 signed the Emancipation Proclamation which abolished slavery. Even though slavery was abolished, colored people suffered discrimination and were treated unequal. Many human rights activist has campaigned relentlessly for equality of all. Whether one is black, white, yellow or purple. Martin Luther King fits this description perfectly. He is one of the many brave African American men who took on the struggles for colored people. He campaigned for equal rights and justice for all, and this can be shown in his famous speech “I Have A dream”. Where he is demanding equality for all. He believed a man is just a man and should not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. He not only fought for the Empowerment of the Black people but for people all over the world. Bell Hooks another African American shared a different but similar view to King’s own. Her idea of empowerment and justice for Colored folks were them being able to connect with the land. Both Kings “ I Have A dream” and Hooks “Touching The Land” will be discussed in this essay.
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