What is the speech I have a dream about?
I have a dream is a speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. in August 1963. It is considered one of the best speeches of the 20th century. The speech unveils the dream of equality among all the people in the United States and abroad. The orator refers to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and says that a hundred years later the black population in America is still not free. King was a prominent civil rights activist fighting for equal rights in the US, as segregation was still strong, even on legislation level. At the end of the speech, King pushed away his papers and gave a passionate and inspiring overview of how he sees the future of the US.
He said he dreamed of seeing all people having the same rights and the same possibilities. The presentation was magical and captivating, while the very content inspired people to strive for justice. The historical phrase by Dr. King described the world of possibilities this way: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”. The speech was a cornerstone of the civil right movement in America and influenced many generations. It contains several allusions including the speech by Abraham Lincoln, Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and the US Constitution. It also displays several rhetorical devices. The speech was written by Clarence B Jones, who says the last part was off-script as Dr. King just devoted himself to the moment. It is still widely praised all over the world.