The Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1122 Words Apr 7th, 2016 5 Pages
During the mid-twentieth century the United States was experiencing racism in extreme fashion. The most prominent race that was the brunt of most issues were African-Americans. Although all blacks were supposed free and equal it seemed as though we were functioning under a corrupt law system. Because of this, many tried to change the system in the form of civil rights movements and activist groups. One of the most notable activist was Martin Luther King Jr. He belonged to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also known as the SCLC (Martin Luther King Jr. Biography). In the 1960’s he engaged in various civil rights boycotts and protests. Out of these protests and movements came the famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech was given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” in 1963 (“March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom). Without a doubt the speech made a dramatic impact as it so clearly illustrated to racial inequalities of the time.
The purpose for the speech was to expose blatant inequality and demand equality for all Americans regardless of skin color or gender. The speech is given in the front of the Lincoln Memorial were 100 years before Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This document legally freed slaves but King reflects on the conditions of the times and argues that “100 years later, the Negro still is not free” based on actions that result in segregation and…

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