Read Or Listen Closely To "I Have A Dream"

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When I was in the 8th grade my history teacher tried to make it a point of classroom routine to have us read this speech or at least a part of it each morning. Unfortunately it didn't stick after a while but I can still remember his passing out the paper with the speech on it while looking it over for strangely enough he was also the homeroom teacher who taught as an extra about war and their strategies.

 I also knew that in my African American history class that we would get to this point in time but our teacher passed over it as there were other things that he wanted to teach us before the year finished. But he also strongly encouarged us to listen to the black leaders of the time on our own time but there were very few who did.

 As a result I wanted to both watch and listen to this wonderful reverand for he is one of the most charismatic leaders there is. His words could almost be poetry in a sense while he seems to touch on the human soul.

 The PDF i found has some places where it doesn't follow word by word but it is close enough. Reading this at this time when we have barely rested as a nation from our more modern day struggles it definitely hits you that he is right about the tranquilizing drug of gradualism that affects us all.

 Other points that we can take from this speech are in my opinion as follows:

  •  And that is something that I must say to my people who stand on the worn threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
  •  We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence.
  •  The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.

 Although I have tried to understand the other side there are just some parts that don't make sense to me. And although I know that some parts that comprise the bits that I don't understand is just since of individuals who claim they are when they aren't but that shouldn't be the only excuse.

 In this time of unrest for our own nation and so far in the future compared to when the speech was given there are truths that still linger and problems that we need to continue to work on to fix. But as this great man said we cannot walk alone but who at this time will be a great leader to help guide us in the right way?

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