Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr. 's ' I Have A Dream ' Essay

1532 Words Nov 18th, 2016 7 Pages
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech, he envisioned “a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls [would] be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers” (personal communication, 1963). This speech was spoken during a time of segregation and discrimination between White’s and African Americans within the United States. Despite the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation, White’s still sought to disenfranchise African Americans due to the color of their skin and the ignorant belief that Whites were the superior race. Oppression of all forms were enacted in order to keep African Americans “in their place” and to ensure that White’s reaped all of the benefits of society. King and other prominent leaders risked their lives in order to gain the equal freedom and rights for African Americans during what is known as the Civil Rights Movement. Through marches and peaceful protests, African Americans were able to achieve desegregation and gain some rights, however, movements post the Civil Rights era were devoted to simply keeping these rights and strengthening the certainty that future generations of African Americans would receive some equality. When one recalls the Civil Rights Movement, they can easily name prominent figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, or John F. Kennedy, however, one prominent group often goes overlooked. Women during this period were a strong…

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