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Assignment?
Analyze?”I?Have?a?Dream”,?Martin?Luther?King,?Jr.?
An?analysis?conveys?the?essence?of?the?essay.?That?is,?you?must?read?”I?Have?a?Dream,”?understand?it,?then?write
an?essay?explaining?what?the?piece?is?about.?
First?of?all,?address?the?main?point?to?the?speech??the?claim.?What?is?it??Why?did?King?give?this?speech??What
does?he?want?you??the?reader??to?understand?(and?agree?with)??
Then,?explain?his?supports.?How?does?he?support?his?claim??Does?he?use?facts??Stories??Why?does?he?say?”I?have
a?dream”?over?and?over??What?effect?does?that?have??
Finally,?explain?his?warrants.?What?are?his?assumptions??Are?they?explicit?or?implicit?(that?is,?are?they?clearly
stated,?or?are?they?left?unsaid?but?understood?by?the?reader)??
Requirements?
??550?words?(minimum)???MLA?8?format?
Essay?
To?listen?to?the?speech,?cut?and?paste?this?url:?http://mlkkpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_august_28_1963_i_have_a_dream

I?Have?a?Dream?
Martin?Luther?King,?Jr.?
I?am?happy?to?join?with?you?today?in?what?will?go?down?in?history?as?the?greatest?demonstration?for?freedom?in
the?history?of?our?nation.?
Five?score?years?ago,?a?great?American,?in?whose?symbolic?shadow?we?stand?today,?signed?the?Emancipation
Proclamation.?This?momentous?decree?came?as?a?great?beacon?light?of?hope?to?millions?of?Negro?slaves?who?had
been?seared?in?the?flames?of?withering?injustice.?It?came?as?a?joyous?daybreak?to?end?the?long?night?of?their
captivity.?
But?one?hundred?years?later,?the?Negro?still?is?not?free.?One?hundred?years?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?languishing?in?the?corners?of?American?society?and?finds?himself?an?exile?in?his?own?land.?And
so?we’ve?come?here?today?to?dramatize?a?shameful?condition.?
In?a?sense?we’ve?come?to?our?nation’s?capital?to?cash?a?check.?When?the?architects?of?our?republic?wrote?the
magnificent?words?of?the?Constitution?and?the?Declaration?of?Independence,?they?were?signing?a?promissory
note?to?which?every?American?was?to?fall?heir.?This?note?was?a?promise?that?all?men,?yes,?black?men?as?well?as
white?men,?would?be?guaranteed?the?”unalienable?Rights”?of?”Life,?Liberty?and?the?pursuit?of?Happiness.”?It?is
obvious?today?that?America?has?defaulted?on?this?promissory?note,?insofar?as?her?citizens?of?color?are?concerned.
Instead?of?honoring?this?sacred?obligation,?America?has?given?the?Negro?people?a?bad?check,?a?check?which?has
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come?back?marked?”insufficient?funds.”?
But?we?refuse?to?believe?that?the?bank?of?justice?is?bankrupt.?We?refuse?to?believe?that?there?are?insufficient
funds?in?the?great?vaults?of?opportunity?of?this?nation.?And?so,?we’ve?come?to?cash?this?check,?a?check?that?will
give?us?upon?demand?the?riches?of?freedom?and?the?security?of?justice.?
We?have?also?come?to?this?hallowed?spot?to?remind?America?of?the?fierce?urgency?of?now.?This?is?no?time?to
engage?in?the?luxury?of?cooling?off?or?to?take?the?tranquilizing?drug?of?gradualism.?Now?is?the?time?to?make?real
the?promises?of?democracy.?Now?is?the?time?to?rise?from?the?dark?and?desolate?valley?of?segregation?to?the?sunlit
path?of?racial?justice.?Now?is?the?time?to?lift?our?nation?from?the?quicksands?of?racial?injustice?to?the?solid?rock?of
brotherhood.?Now?is?the?time?to?make?justice?a?reality?for?all?of?God’s?children.?
It?would?be?fatal?for?the?nation?to?overlook?the?urgency?of?the?moment.?This?sweltering?summer?of?the?Negro’s
legitimate?discontent?will?not?pass?until?there?is?an?invigorating?autumn?of?freedom?and?equality.?1963?is?not?an
end,?but?a?beginning.?And?those?who?hope?that?the?Negro?needed?to?blow?off?steam?and?will?now?be?content?will
have?a?rude?awakening?if?the?nation?returns?to?business?as?usual.?And?there?will?be?neither?rest?nor?tranquility?in
America?until?the?Negro?is?granted?his?citizenship?rights.?The?whirlwinds?of?revolt?will?continue?to?shake?the
foundations?of?our?nation?until?the?bright?day?of?justice?emerges.?
But?there?is?something?that?I?must?say?to?my?people,?who?stand?on?the?warm?threshold?which?leads?into?the
palace?of?justice.?In?the?process?of?gaining?our?rightful?place,?we?must?not?be?guilty?of?wrongful?deeds.?Let?us
not?seek?to?satisfy?our?thirst?for?freedom?by?drinking?from?the?cup?of?bitterness?and?hatred.?We?must?forever
conduct?our?struggle?on?the?high?plane?of?dignity?and?discipline.?We?must?not?allow?our?creative?protest?to
degenerate?into?physical?violence.?Again?and?again,?we?must?rise?to?the?majestic?heights?of?meeting?physical
force?with?soul?force.?
The?marvelous?new?militancy?which?has?engulfed?the?Negro?community?must?not?lead?us?to?a?distrust?of?all
white?people,?for?many?of?our?white?brothers,?as?evidenced?by?their?presence?here?today,?have?come?to?realize
that?their?destiny?is?tied?up?with?our?destiny.?And?they?have?come?to?realize?that?their?freedom?is?inextricably
bound?to?our?freedom.?We?cannot?walk?alone.?
And?as?we?walk,?we?must?make?the?pledge?that?we?shall?always?march?ahead.?We?cannot?turn?back.?There?are
those?who?are?asking?the?devotees?of?civil?rights,?”When?will?you?be?satisfied?”?We?can?never?be?satisfied?as
long?as?the?Negro?is?the?victim?of?the?unspeakable?horrors?of?police?brutality.?We?can?never?be?satisfied?as?long
as?our?bodies,?heavy?with?the?fatigue?of?travel,?cannot?gain?lodging?in?the?motels?of?the?highways?and?the?hotels
of?the?cities.?We?cannot?be?satisfied?as?long?as?the?Negro’s?basic?mobility?is?from?a?smaller?ghetto?to?a?larger?one.
We?can?never?be?satisfied?as?long?as?our?children?are?stripped?of?their?self?hood?and?robbed?of?their?dignity?by?a
sign?stating?”For?Whites?Only.”?We?cannot?be?satisfied?as?long?as?a?Negro?in?Mississippi?cannot?vote?and?a
Negro?in?New?York?believes?he?has?nothing?for?which?to?vote.?No,?no,?we?are?not?satisfied,?and?we?will?not?be
satisfied?until?justice?rolls?down?like?waters,?and?righteousness?like?a?mighty?stream.?
I?am?not?unmindful?that?some?of?you?have?come?here?out?of?great?trials?and?tribulations.?Some?of?you?have?come

fresh?from?narrow?jail?cells.?And?some?of?you?have?come?from?areas?where?your?quest????quest?for?freedom?left
you?battered?by?the?storms?of?persecution?and?staggered?by?the?winds?of?police?brutality.?You?have?been?the
veterans?of?creative?suffering.?Continue?to?work?with?the?faith?that?unearned?suffering?is?redemptive.?Go?back?to
Mississippi,?go?back?to?Alabama,?go?back?to?South?Carolina,?go?back?to?Georgia,?go?back?to?Louisiana,?go?back
to?the?slums?and?ghettos?of?our?northern?cities,?knowing?that?somehow?this?situation?can?and?will?be?changed.?
Let?us?not?wallow?in?the?valley?of?despair,?I?say?to?you?today,?my?friends.?And?so?even?though?we?face?the
difficulties?of?today?and?tomorrow,?I?still?have?a?dream.?It?is?a?dream?deeply?rooted?in?the?American?dream.?
I?have?a?dream?that?one?day?this?nation?will?rise?up?and?live?out?the?true?meaning?of?its?creed:?”We?hold?these
truths?to?be?self?evident,?that?all?men?are?created?equal.”?
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I?have?a?dream?that?one?day?on?the?red?hills?of?Georgia,?the?sons?of?former?slaves?and?the?sons?of?former?slave
owners?will?be?able?to?sit?down?together?at?the?table?of?brotherhood.?
I?have?a?dream?that?one?day?even?the?state?of?Mississippi,?a?state?sweltering?with?the?heat?of?injustice,?sweltering
with?the?heat?of?oppression,?will?be?transformed?into?an?oasis?of?freedom?and?justice.?
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.?
I?have?a?dream?today!?
I?have?a?dream?that?one?day,?down?in?Alabama,?with?its?vicious?racists,?with?its?governor?having?his?lips?dripping
with?the?words?of?”interposition”?and?”nullification”??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.?
I?have?a?dream?today!?
I?have?a?dream?that?one?day?every?valley?shall?be?exalted,?and?every?hill?and?mountain?shall?be?made?low,?the
rough?places?will?be?made?plain,?and?the?crooked?places?will?be?made?straight;?and?the?glory?of?the?Lord?shall?be
revealed?and?all?flesh?shall?see?it?together.?
This?is?our?hope,?and?this?is?the?faith?that?I?go?back?to?the?South?with.?
With?this?faith,?we?will?be?able?to?hew?out?of?the?mountain?of?despair?a?stone?of?hope.?With?this?faith,?we?will?be
able?to?transform?the?jangling?discords?of?our?nation?into?a?beautiful?symphony?of?brotherhood.?With?this?faith,
we?will?be?able?to?work?together,?to?pray?together,?to?struggle?together,?to?go?to?jail?together,?to?stand?up?for
freedom?together,?knowing?that?we?will?be?free?one?day.?
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!?
And?if?America?is?to?be?a?great?nation,?this?must?become?true.?And?so?let?freedom?ring?from?the?prodigious
hilltops?of?New?Hampshire.?Let?freedom?ring?from?the?mighty?mountains?of?New?York.?Let?freedom?ring?from
the?heightening?Alleghenies?of?Pennsylvania!?
Let?freedom?ring?from?the?snow?capped?Rockies?of?Colorado!?
Let?freedom?ring?from?the?curvaceous?slopes?of?California!?
But?not?only?that.?Let?freedom?ring?from?Stone?Mountain?of?Georgia!?
Let?freedom?ring?from?Lookout?Mountain?of?Tennessee!?
Let?freedom?ring?from?every?hill?and?molehill?of?Mississippi.?From?every?mountainside,?let?freedom?ring.?
And?when?this?happens,?when?we?allow?freedom?to?ring,?when?we?let?it?ring?from?every?village?and?every
hamlet,?from?every?state?and?every?city,?we?will?be?able?to?speed?up?that?day?when?all?of?God’s?children,?black
men?and?white?men,?
Jews?and?Gentiles,?Protestants?and?Catholics,?will?be?able?to?join?hands?and?sing?in?the?words?of?the?old?Negro
spiritual,?”Free?at?last!?Free?at?last!?Thank?God?Almighty,?we?are?free?at?last!”

 

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