Martin Luther King Jr.
His soaring rhetoric demanding racial justice and an integrated society became a mantra for the black community and is as familiar to subsequent generations of Americans as the US Declaration of Independence.
His words proved to be a touchstone for understanding the social and political upheaval of the time and gave the nation a vocabulary to express what was happening. The key message in the speech is that all people are created equal and, although not the case in America at the time, King felt it must be the case for the future.
He argued passionately and powerfully.
So what were his compositional strategies and techniques? Stylistically the speech has been described as a political treatise, a work of poetry, and a masterfully delivered and improvised sermon, bursting with biblical language and imagery.
As well as rhythm and frequent repetition, alliteration is a hallmark device, used to bang home key points. It falls into two parts.
The first half portrays not an idealised American dream but a picture of a seething American nightmare of racial injustice. It calls for action in a series of themed paragraphs.
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 open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall 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 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 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.
The second half of the speech paints the dream of a better, fairer future of racial harmony and integration. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment 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. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and 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 the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little.In the 50 years since the Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. articulated the dream of a generation, the United States has seen significant progress toward the ideal of racial equality.
Feb 27, · The dream has been achieved, in my opinion, BUT, there are still some people that are horribly racist.
There will always be people as such, around, but, there is nothing we can do about it, but convince them one by rutadeltambor.com: Resolved. Fifty years ago Wednesday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech, sharing his desire to see the nation rise "from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the.
King is credited for the speech “I had a Dream” that was delivered to close to a quarter a million people who had assembled at the Lincoln Memorial Park in Washington in during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom.
The “I have a dream” speech is classified as on of . Information. This month sees the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. On 28 August , civil rights campaigners marched on Washington to secure equality before the law.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech was made to thousands of people at the Washington Monument while facing the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, Dr. King called upon Americas to consider all people, both black and white, to be united, undivided and free.