The Struggle Against Racism And Segregation African Americans

795 Words Jul 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Amongst a terrible struggle against racism and segregation African-Americans were in desperate need of a vocal leader who could heal their situation through words instead of violence. Society had been separated between whites and blacks always. It was all that anyone knew, and there was little connection between the two almost completely separate societies. Whites were hardly affected by the conditions of blacks and thus had little reason to be concerned or care about segregation. In his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. made that necessary connection, as he eloquently ties the best interests of African-Americans with the interests of whites through relating the issues of African Americans to all of society,

America was created as the land of equality and the land of opportunity, so when an entire people is discriminated against because of the color of their skin, this disgraces the ideals that our nation was supposedly founded upon. African-Americans may have been freed from slavery over a hundred years before Martin Luther King Jr. made his speech, but conditions for all of them were still far from ideal. Martin Luther King Jr. describes the extent of these conditions when he says, ”But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of…

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