People still to this day might notunderstands what Dr. King meant when he said “I Have a Dream.” It may at that timebeen a Black and White thing; however, the real meaning behind this speech was,everyone is born into this world, and everyone deserves the same respect as thenext person. He wanted America to love their neighbor and the people aroundthem. The number one, most important message in the speech was all men arecreated equal.
Although it was not being proved at that point in time inAmerica, Dr. King was saying it was going to happen one day. The message he wasgiving in his speech was not only hopeful, but also was powerful. He spoke fromhis heart and emotions, which made it even more meaningful.
A change was going tohappen, and Dr. King knew it. He was just wanting on everyone to come together andmake it happen, because it was all up to the people. The world can only make a changefor themselves, an it only if they wanted too!At the very end of his speech, Dr. Kinguse a phrase that African Americans said once they because freed from slavery, “Freeat last, free at last; thank God Almighty, we are free at last” (King 32). He refers to that saying based of his faithfor the African Americans for that time.
He stands on that faith, that thepeople will be free from inequality. They will be treated like everyone aroundthem regardless of race. They had to hold on to those words and believe it,regardless of all the brutality and injustice they were facing. Change wasgoing to come!As Dr. King continue with his speech, he says,”And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true” (King 28). Dr.
Kingwanted Americans to be honest with themselves. Living in that time, any person couldsee the chaos that was going on. Nothing but violence and confusion between Whitesand African Americans and any given person could the nation was not at its best.Once again, it was because there was no unity and everyone around in that time nomatter the race could see it.
He just wanted everyone to be honest, fair and treateach other the same, no matter the pigment of their skin. He was saying be realwith yourself and see that the unfairness in this world is no right. A change canhappen, it only starts with the people.Dr. King began to become more and morehopeful of the future of Americans becoming one, so much that he makes itpersonal. He says, “One day right there in Alabama little black boys and blackgirls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls assisters and brothers” (King 22).
He alsosays, “I have a dream that my four little 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” (King 20). Sometimes for an individual to reallysympathize with their audience, they try to grab the attention where they canget them the most. Any normal adult would have the greatest amount of love fortheir child. Dr. King did; which is why he incorporated his kids into this partof the speech. He wanted to reach the hearts of his audience.
From the way society saw it, AfricanAmericans were suppose to content with the way they were being treated. Societydid not understand why they would be mad. Dr King says, “When will you be satisfied? We cannever be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakablehorrors of police brutality” (King 13). In this situation, being satisfied means thatthe African Americans were supposed to be okay the injustice that was going on.They were supposed to be okay with being the minority and being under otherraces. They were supposed to okay with the separate between them other races.This was a huge insult to Dr.
King and listening to the speech, you can hearthe concern, yet frustration in his voice. He plainly tells the world in thatspeech, African Americans will never be satisfied until the world could live upto the saying, “All Men are Created Equal.” Dr. King helped all AfricanAmerican. He did not want another day to go by without them getting the equalitythey deserved. In his speech he says, “Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, buta beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam andwill now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns tobusiness as usual.
And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in Americauntil the Negro is granted his citizenship rights” (King 7). August, thetwenty-eighth of nineteen-sixty-three was the beginning of real freedom forAfrican Americans. It was the first time a large group of people stood togetherand took a stand. It was as if they finally wanted to show the world theirworth. In this part of his speech, you can tell he was warning America that ifthings stayed the same way, then African Americans were just going to continueto fight for what they wanted. No one would be able to have peace anymore if achange was not going to happen. They were sick and tired of the injustice andhe warned America that with no change, things would only get worse from thatpoint on.
Ifsomething is important to an individual and they want to get his/her pointacross to their audience, they will do whatever it takes to make sure they areheard and understood. Dr. King did the same thing when we started “Now is thetime to make real the promises of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from thedark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice tothe solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality forall of God’s children” (King 6). Heconstantly kept repeating, “Now is the time.
” Repetition can get anyone’sattention. He wanted his audience to hear him and get his point and saying itone time was not enough to him. When something is done in present time (Now),action is being taking place at that time. Dr. King wanted equality and justiceat that very moment in his speech. During the time of the mid-19thcentury and early 20th century slavery had ended, yet segregationhad started. This discrimination that Whites had against African Americansstill had them bounded up and surely did not make them feel welcomed. To beliving in America and not feel apart and be treated like an outcast had to havebeen an extremely unpleasant situation.
In the beginning of Dr. King’s speech,he makes confident statement, “I am happy to join with you today in what willgo down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history ofour nation” (King 1). Continuing intohis first few paragraphs, he references the Emancipation Proclamation, theConstitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Those three different contextsmentioned was part of making a momentous change in America history at somepoint in the history. Dr. King was comparing his speech to those in referencethat “I Have a Dream” would also be a part of making a momentous change inAmerican history as well. The speech, “I Have a Dream”, byMartin Luther King, Jr.
is one of many heartfelt, world changing speeches everspoken in the United States of America today. This speech was spoken to getAmericans attention in hopes of change for equality. This speech was intended to give African Americansthe same right as Whites and for American men and women to see the reality ofhow unfair African Americans had been treated. Dr. King, who was one many advocates,was determined to end racism throughout the country and wanted African Americasto have the same rights as Whites.
The division between African Americans andWhites caused major confusion and the speech was important because it was spokenin hopes of all men and women regardless of race to come together in unity.Americans cannot be one if there is no unity amongst the people. This speechreveals that American simply did not care that the fact of injustice andinequality was unfair. I Have a Dream