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PAUL
KONGNYUY          “I HAVE A DREAM”
CRITIQUE

“I Have a Dream”  Martin Luther King Jr.
August 28, 1963.

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Extended Summary

Martin
Luther King in his speech “I Have a Dream” commences by pointing to the unfulfilled
promises of the liberation proclamation in the Declaration of Independence and
Constitution of freeing slaves in 1863. He gives a picture of the injustice and
segregation the Africa-American are going through. He promises the battle of no
return until equality is realized, but urges America-American to maintain the
atmosphere of dignity and discipline denouncing insurrection and encourages
sufferance. He urges them to have faith and hope until peace is established.
Therefore, King ends his speech by advocating and reminding all of God’s
children capable of living in freedom and equality in the United States of
American.

Strengths

This
speech which aims at racial equality, which is fundamental for both
African-Americans and Americans to coexist peacefully as brothers and sisters
created in God image and likeness. Since racism pessimistically impinges on the lives of African–Americans. In
this speech, we can see the connectivity
of the paragraphs to attend King’s goals in his speech ‘I Have a Dream.” King
begins his speech with a powerful metaphor which was aim at identifying the
purpose which was gaining freedom and security for his people, Africa-American.
He says “and so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon
demand the riches of freedom and security of justice” (paragraph 4) In
considering the gravity of the above quotes from King’s speech, he presents a
coherent sentences which are connected to and significance to the above words
in particular and the speech in general.

Furthermore,
King gives hope and assurance to his people in support of the above words by
saying “the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our
nation until the bright days of Justice emerge” (paragraph7) King urges them to
lean forward, not to relent their effort until justice is accomplished, but the pertinent question to ask is how can this
be attended in a peaceful way? King in answering this question in paragraph 8
has this to say “let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking
from the cup of bitterness and hatred” Here; he is cautioning them not to allow
their instincts to control their consciences. He continues to support his point
by admonishes his supporters to bear witness until their children are free from
oppressive segregation he says “we can never be satisfied as long as our
children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.” (Paragraph
10)

In my judgment, “I Have a Dream” is one of
the greatest speeches in world history, as he stood for justice, peace, and
quality. The speech was remarkable and amazing because he was courageous to
vomit the right words at the right time and place. The key message was that all
are created equal, although American presently did not view it from that
perspective, but King hope for a bright future which pushes him to give an
inspiring speech, a memorable one with passion, emotion, and power delivered in
terms of both body and voice which were so remarkable, which the mood, sense of
being responsible for slavery among
Africa-American and the gradual comprehension of a sense of guilt among
Americans.  He seems in the initial stage
to reveal not an idealized American dream but an image of a furious American
racial injustice nightmare, as he calls
says many times “now is the time.” All these above paragraphs portray King’s strength.

Paradoxically
or ironically, King’s speech seems to portray a nervous tension of weakness as
he says that “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a
nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the
content of their character.”(Paragraph15). This case in point calls to mind
some qualms about King’s aim of advocating equality, although he seems general
in the speech, this particular point about his children portrays some stresses
of hidden agenda or motive, such as egoism. Why do I say so? It seems like he
was fighting for his children’s bright future under the umbrella of Africa-
American (Altruism).   

The
argument is really persuasive as he argued passionately and powerfully. It was
well prepared, by perusing the Bible,
Gettysburg and the US Declaration of Independence as he mentioned and quoted in
his speech. He read the speech passionately, powerfully, confidently,
hopefully. President Obama’s election as the president of US proof that the
dream of King has been realized, as an Africa-America becomes a president. Many
children also can recite this speech by heart, proving the persuasiveness of
the speech.

             The question of reflection on Martin Luther
King “I have a Dream” speech is soul touching, not just ambition, intellectual
discourse, and his personality, but the words of God’s everlasting truth. Due to continuing racial tension between the
Africa-American and American is suitable, as he calls for justice to reign
which is the reality of God’s children. He says in the last paragraph “this
will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new
meaning”. As he says “you have been veterans of creative suffering. Continue to
work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.” (Paragraph 11) With
this entire put in place together we
shall achieve our dream which is true faith (truth). Which is self- evident of
our equality created in God’s Image and like (Genesis 1:26-28). He concludes in
the last paragraph saying that when freedom and equality are given pride
of place, then God’s children, no matter the color, faith, will joyfully croon
in the old negro spirituality.

Although
King’s speech was on racism equality and
freedom, he is beholden to God the
Almighty and the creator than to
humanity. The speech is full of indirect quotes from the bible such as Genesis
creation story, Isaiah 40: 4-5, Amos
5:24, Romans, Corinthians, 1 Peter, James,  Philippians and so forth. This speech has much
for our contemporary society, from the spiritual, intellectual, moral, and
political perspectives. All ought to be grateful for King’s speech and everyone
urged to know it by heart. So that we can be able to say the truth at the right
time and right place fearlessly and acknowledge the  Supreme Being.