The American Dream By Dr. King Essay

1002 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
The “American Dream” is the way an American wants to live his or her life. It is an old fashioned idea that anyone in the United States, if they work hard enough, can reach eternal happiness. Many citizens in other countries hear about this dream and want to pursue it. Anyone can achieve their “American Dream” if a person speaks their mind, willing to work hard, and who stands up for what is right. Dr. King was working on his American Dream before he was assassinated in 1968. His dream was to end segregation and discrimination in public places. “I have a dream… [that] little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers,” (King 703-704). He wanted to stop all of the racial segregation, so children would not grow up having extreme hatred for each other. Also, Dr. King had been thrown in jail twenty-nine times throughout his life. While in a jail in Birmingham, he wrote a letter discussing his thoughts and feeling on racism in the south. Similar to his speech, this would become a famous letter in the civil rights movement. The world has definitely changed since then. In the “I Have a Dream” speech, spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister and leader in the civil rights movement, was spoken on August 28th, 1963. It was a march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. During the speech, Dr. King spoke about the country not being fair and equal to the African American community;…

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