He is talking about Abraham Lincoln. He refers in his speech to the fact that Lincoln was the one who had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves. Abraham Lincoln was against slavery and by signing the proclamation, he took a stand to help stop the horrible tragedy that was slavery.
Pinterest King, third from left, marches in a line of men with arms linked Photograph: King had been using the refrain for well over a year. Talking some months later of his decision to include the passage, King said: Anne Moody, a black activist who had made the trip from rural Mississippi, recalled: Just about every one of them stood up there dreaming.
Martin Luther King went on and on talking about his dream.
I sat there thinking that in Canton we never had time to sleep, much less dream. And he explained it. It was an all-American speech. This is not part of that dream. But few of those in the movement thought at the time that it would be the speech by which King would be remembered 50 years later.
He capped off the day perfectly. He did what everybody wanted him to do and expected him to do. For if, in its immediate aftermath, the speech had any significant political impact, it was not obvious.
It commits itself to the task with great prejudice and fickle appreciation, in a manner that tells us as much about the historian and the times as the speech itself.
The speech was marginalised because, in the last few years of his life, King himself was marginalised, and few who had the power to elevate his speech to iconic status had any self-interest in doing so. His growing propensity to take on issues of poverty, followed by his opposition to the Vietnam war, lost him the support of the political class and much of his white and more conservative base.
As such, it is a rare thing to find in almost any culture or nation: In the age of Obama and the Tea Party, there is something in there for everyone.
It sets bigotry against colour-blindness while prescribing no route map for how we get from one to the other. It is in no small part so widely admired because the interpretations of what King was saying vary so widely.
The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman over the shooting of the black teenager Trayvon Martin illustrates the degree to which blacks and whites are less likely to see the same problems, more likely to disagree on the causes of those problems and, therefore, unlikely to agree on a remedy.
Hearing the same speech, they understand different things. Conservatives, meanwhile, have been keen to co-opt both King and the speech. Segregationists have all but disappeared, even if segregation as a lived experience has not.
Fifty years on, it is clear that in eliminating legal segregation — not racism, but formal, codified discrimination — the civil rights movement delivered the last moral victory in America for which there is still a consensus. While the struggle to defeat it was bitter and divisive, nobody today is seriously campaigning for the return of segregation or openly mourning its demise.Nov 30, · Watch video · The “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr.
before a crowd of some , people at the March on Washington, remains one of the most famous speeches in history. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day, d o wn in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there 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.
In his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King urged America to "make real the promises of democracy." King synthesized portions of his earlier speeches to capture both the necessity for change and the potential for hope in American society.
Speech Critique – I Have a Dream – Martin Luther King Jr. Much of the greatness of this speech is tied to its historical context, a topic which goes beyond the scope of this article.
T he night before the March on Washington, on 28 August , Martin Luther King asked his aides for advice about the next day’s speech.“Don’t use the lines about ‘I have a dream. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, d o wn in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there 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.