PAULKONGNYUY “I HAVE A DREAM”CRITIQUE”I Have a Dream” Martin Luther King Jr.August 28, 1963. Extended SummaryMartinLuther King in his speech “I Have a Dream” commences by pointing to the unfulfilledpromises of the liberation proclamation in the Declaration of Independence andConstitution of freeing slaves in 1863. He gives a picture of the injustice andsegregation the Africa-American are going through. He promises the battle of noreturn until equality is realized, but urges America-American to maintain theatmosphere of dignity and discipline denouncing insurrection and encouragessufferance. He urges them to have faith and hope until peace is established.
Therefore, King ends his speech by advocating and reminding all of God’schildren capable of living in freedom and equality in the United States ofAmerican.Strengths Thisspeech which aims at racial equality, which is fundamental for bothAfrican-Americans and Americans to coexist peacefully as brothers and sisterscreated in God image and likeness. Since racism pessimistically impinges on the lives of African–Americans. Inthis speech, we can see the connectivityof the paragraphs to attend King’s goals in his speech ‘I Have a Dream.” Kingbegins his speech with a powerful metaphor which was aim at identifying thepurpose 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 upondemand the riches of freedom and security of justice” (paragraph 4) Inconsidering the gravity of the above quotes from King’s speech, he presents acoherent sentences which are connected to and significance to the above wordsin particular and the speech in general.Furthermore,King gives hope and assurance to his people in support of the above words bysaying “the whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of ournation until the bright days of Justice emerge” (paragraph7) King urges them tolean forward, not to relent their effort until justice is accomplished, but the pertinent question to ask is how can thisbe attended in a peaceful way? King in answering this question in paragraph 8has this to say “let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinkingfrom the cup of bitterness and hatred” Here; he is cautioning them not to allowtheir instincts to control their consciences. He continues to support his pointby admonishes his supporters to bear witness until their children are free fromoppressive segregation he says “we can never be satisfied as long as ourchildren are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.” (Paragraph10)In my judgment, “I Have a Dream” is one ofthe greatest speeches in world history, as he stood for justice, peace, andquality. The speech was remarkable and amazing because he was courageous tovomit the right words at the right time and place.
The key message was that allare created equal, although American presently did not view it from thatperspective, but King hope for a bright future which pushes him to give aninspiring speech, a memorable one with passion, emotion, and power delivered interms of both body and voice which were so remarkable, which the mood, sense ofbeing responsible for slavery amongAfrica-American and the gradual comprehension of a sense of guilt amongAmericans. He seems in the initial stageto reveal not an idealized American dream but an image of a furious Americanracial injustice nightmare, as he callssays many times “now is the time.” All these above paragraphs portray King’s strength.Paradoxicallyor ironically, King’s speech seems to portray a nervous tension of weakness ashe says that “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in anation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by thecontent of their character.”(Paragraph15). This case in point calls to mindsome qualms about King’s aim of advocating equality, although he seems generalin the speech, this particular point about his children portrays some stressesof hidden agenda or motive, such as egoism.
Why do I say so? It seems like hewas fighting for his children’s bright future under the umbrella of Africa-American (Altruism). Theargument is really persuasive as he argued passionately and powerfully. It waswell prepared, by perusing the Bible,Gettysburg and the US Declaration of Independence as he mentioned and quoted inhis speech. He read the speech passionately, powerfully, confidently,hopefully. President Obama’s election as the president of US proof that thedream of King has been realized, as an Africa-America becomes a president. Manychildren also can recite this speech by heart, proving the persuasiveness ofthe speech. The question of reflection on Martin LutherKing “I have a Dream” speech is soul touching, not just ambition, intellectualdiscourse, and his personality, but the words of God’s everlasting truth.
Due to continuing racial tension between theAfrica-American and American is suitable, as he calls for justice to reignwhich is the reality of God’s children. He says in the last paragraph “thiswill be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with newmeaning”. As he says “you have been veterans of creative suffering. Continue towork with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.” (Paragraph 11) Withthis entire put in place together weshall achieve our dream which is true faith (truth).
Which is self- evident ofour equality created in God’s Image and like (Genesis 1:26-28). He concludes inthe last paragraph saying that when freedom and equality are given prideof place, then God’s children, no matter the color, faith, will joyfully croonin the old negro spirituality.AlthoughKing’s speech was on racism equality andfreedom, he is beholden to God theAlmighty and the creator than tohumanity. The speech is full of indirect quotes from the bible such as Genesiscreation story, Isaiah 40: 4-5, Amos5:24, Romans, Corinthians, 1 Peter, James, Philippians and so forth. This speech has muchfor our contemporary society, from the spiritual, intellectual, moral, andpolitical perspectives.
All ought to be grateful for King’s speech and everyoneurged to know it by heart. So that we can be able to say the truth at the righttime and right place fearlessly and acknowledge the Supreme Being.