Trying to Achieve a Dream
ENGL 1323- Section 030
By: Albert Rowe
August 28, 1963 is a date that will live in mortality among American citizens, it was the day that one man moved an entire country, and this man single-handedly brought an entire race together using only his words. Dr. Martin Luther’s “I have a Dream Speech” is one of the most important and influential speeches ever given. This speech was given in Washington D.C. amongst high racial tensions in the U.S. between white southerners and black southerners. This speech perfectly personified the feelings and ideas of 90% of the black community. Dr. King spoke for the minorities that had no voice during this time period. ...view middle of the document...
This particular part of the speech starts to get the listener riled up, while his or her excitement steadily increasing along with their heartbeat, they begin to stand and is literally being moved by this speech.
The excitement then begins to stack up as Dr. King then follows up with “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, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”. This is Dr. King’s somewhat “jab” at the people of particularly anti-civil rights in the south, most notably Mississippi and Alabama. Just months before the speech, fire hoses and police dogs were used on peaceful black protestors in Birmingham Alabama. Dr. King is stating that political leaders in this state are stopping and canceling any change that allows black equality. A Dr. King brings up Alabama’s harsh treatment of blacks, the listener then begins to feel enraged. That Rage soon transforms into Determination. Determined that nobody can stop this social change no matter how much power the state has. As long as Dr. King and his followers are united as one, it will be impossible to stop the oncoming change. Imagine Alabama political leaders sitting at their desks and looking out the window and seeing a storm cloud, a cloud of change that will eventually engulf their states with change. Destroying all discriminatory propaganda will bring an entire generation of children that will be color blind, only seeing a kid as another kid.
Already standing at full attention, fully intertwined with Dr. King’s words as well as his earth shaking voice, he then says “...I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith that I will...