Essay on I Have a Dream

713 Words Apr 16th, 2011 3 Pages
“I Have a Dream”
By: Gary Wright
On August 28 1963, 100 years after Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address, standing on the stairs of the emancipation president’s memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the most important speech for civil rights in our nation’s history. Dr. King chose our nation’s capital as a fitting backdrop for his speech. Dr. King explains his choice of settings during the speech when he says,"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
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King proceeds to share his dream for the future of his country. “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 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 a table of brotherhood.
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, 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 little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!
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