"I Have A Dream"

The Purpose Behind It

By: Andrea L. Garcia & Sean D. Thomas

The Inspration To "I Have A Dream"

He wanted to speak of his desire for a future where blacks and whites coexist as equals. Dr. King wanted blacks to have the same rights as whites. Reverend King was taking a stand against prejudice in the world. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted all humans, black and white to be viewed with equal justice.

What Lead up to the "I Have a Dream" speech

  • The March on Washington lead up to the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
  • It was the most peaceful march that had ever happenedin the nation's capital.
  • It was a celebration of the progress to come.
  • Some 250,00 people came to march from all over the country
  • Between 65,000 and 95,000 of them were whites.

How Many People Heard The Speech

Almost everyone in America heard the speech due to the fact that TV broadcasters interrupted many shows to broadcast the speech. There were about 250,000 people present at the March on Washington, that heard the speech in person. So many people came to hear this legendary speech because he was known for eloquence. Therefore, people wanted to hear him speak of his hopes and dreams.

The Aftermath of the speech

  • After, the violence and hatred still remained strong.
  • On September 15 the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, where the children's campain had been organized, was bombed, killing four black girls.
  • November 22, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

Why Was The Speech So Important

Segregation was a big problem mostly in the South, so when Dr. King gave the speech it helped many African Americans find the hope they were looking for. Showed that there were people who cared about how the African Americans were treated.It showed that just because of the color of a persons skin means nothing.

Famous Quotes

  • "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
  • "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."
  • "There are those who are asking the devotees of Civil Rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satified as long as the Negro is the vitim of the unspeakable horros of police brutality; we can never be satified as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities; we cannot be satified as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one; we can never be statified as long as our childern are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only", we cannot be satified as long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote, and the Negro in New York belive he has nothing for which to vote."

The Reaction

  • The Good Reaction:
  • When Dr. King finished, there was a silence at first amoung the crowd. It was then interrupted with cries of joy. People in the crowd jumped up and down with pure joy. With the electric jolt of happieness from the crowd Martin Luther King Jr. left the podium with a smile on his face.
  • The Bad Reaction:
  • When Dr. King gave his speech most whites didn't believe in what he was saying or what he was trying to make them believe.

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