"I Have A Dream" Speech Reflection

By: Caroline Anderson

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their characters."

~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther Kind Jr. gave a speech that changed the way America viewed civil rights forever. This speech was entitled "I Have a Dream" and it spoke of all of Dr. King's dreams for all races in America. One of these statements is that he wants for his children to live in a world where people will not care what color their skin is but hwere people will only judge them based on their personalities.


In the stated excerpt above, Dr.King is saying that one day he wants for asll races to be around each other and no one even thinks about it. He doesn't want for people to be treated differently because of their skin colors, he want for them to be treated based on their personalities and characters.

I Have a Dream (Song) Martin Luther King - Robert Mills Children - Conivan

In this quote, Dr.King is asking for people to be judged based on their internal characters instead of their physical beings. Since he has made this monumental speech, America has made immense progress towards achieving his dreams. This country has started living up to its founding creed that "all men are created equal" by integrating the entire country whether it is schools, buses. or any other public functions. His goal was to turn this country into a place where no one is separated by racial barriers. Most citizens are now treating all of the people around them the same way they would want for somebody to treat them, despite differences in skin color of ethnicity. One of the first sentences in the U.S. Constitution is, "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Dr.King's dream was for this to be seen not on a piece of paper, but put into action by treating every person the same way because all humans are real people on the inside and all have feelings.
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My personal dream for America is for all people, regardless of whether it is at school, in public, or anywhere else, to be treated equally by their peers. Any kind of unfair treatment, from bullying to judging people based on the people they hang out with, to stop entirely. It is in human nature to judge people or make false assumptions about people based on what people see or hear, but these assumptions are not always true and cause an overload of drama within a group of people. If assumption-making stopped, there wouldn't be as many conflicts or misunderstandings.