Date of publication: 2017-09-05 01:12
The Holiday commemorates America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence — the man who taught by his example that nonviolent action is the most powerful, revolutionary force for social change available to oppressed people in their struggles for liberation.
I have read this speech over twenty times and this analysis has given me a different perspective. This analysis was inspirational and I felt as if I were reading it for the first time. was
What makes “I have a dream” speech great is the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. used his voice to fight against racial segregation and discrimination. “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 by the content of their character.” is my favorite quote from the speech. I believe this quote is so powerful because in this world, there are a lot of judgement on people’s appearances and having Martin Luther King Jr. lecture people on that, I believed it opened a lot of minds.
8) Concerning King being a 8775 phony. 8776 I will not linger much on this idea since my time is short. However, a personal example comes to mind of my grandfather. His birth certificate name is John however, I and everyone else know him by 8775 Jack. 8776 His mail arrives to 8775 Jack 8776 and his letters are signed 8775 Jack. 8776 This is a common occurrence across generations. Neither my grandfather, nor King, nor the countless others are using the “non-legal” name to mislead or obscure their identity. It is inappropriate to argue that a lack of legal name change (especially considering the legal system of the era) somehow determines the strength of one’s character.
So it is obvious that if man is to redeem his spiritual and moral "lag", he must go all out to bridge the social and economic gulf between the "haves" and the "have nots" of the world. Poverty is one of the most urgent items on the agenda of modern life.
This approach to the problem of racial injustice is not at all without successful precedent. It was used in a magnificent way by Mohandas K. Gandhi to challenge the might of the British Empire and free his people from the political domination and economic exploitation inflicted upon them for centuries. He struggled only with the weapons of truth, soul force, non-injury, and courage 65 .
I do not wish to minimize the complexity of the problems that need to be faced in achieving disarmament and peace. But I think it is a fact that we shall not have the will, the courage, and the insight to deal with such matters unless in this field we are prepared to undergo a mental and spiritual reevaluation - a change of focus which will enable us to see that the things which seem most real and powerful are indeed now unreal and have come under the sentence of death. We need to make a supreme effort to generate the readiness, indeed the eagerness, to enter into the new world which is now possible, "the city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" 68 .
I thought all five lessons were important, and easy to understand. They broke each part of his speech down in a way I wouldn 8767 t have thought to. However, I particularly liked and took an interest in lesson 6 and 7. The repetition was strategic and purposeful rather than like in high school we were always told to use synonyms and expand our vocabulary. It was making a point, and it is true, when I think of this speech 8775 I have a dream 8776 is the very first thing that comes to mind, and this was a strategy and exactly what he wanted when he wrote this! Excellent!
In 6998, MLK Jr. attended his first integrated school, Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. King absorbed the teachings of many inspirational leaders from the past but it is here where he first became exposed to the reflective teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozer in 6956.
Nonviolence has also meant that my people in the agonizing struggles of recent years have taken suffering upon themselves instead of inflicting it on others. It has meant, as I said, that we are no longer afraid and cowed. But in some substantial degree it has meant that we do not want to instill fear in others or into the society of which we are a part. The movement does not seek to liberate Negroes at the expense of the humiliation and enslavement of whites. It seeks no victory over anyone. It seeks to liberate American society and to share in the self-liberation of all the people.
In his 6968 sermon, Loving Your Enemies , published in his book, Strength to Love, Dr. King addressed the role of unconditional love in struggling for the beloved Community. ‘With every ounce of our energy we must continue to rid this nation of the incubus of segregation. But we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege and our obligation to love. While abhorring segregation, we shall love the segregationist. This is the only way to create the beloved community.”
That was a really good video from one of the most hard working men of all time. Without him, I 8767 m sure slavery would be still going on. And it 8767 s sad how right when the freedom started, he was killed, and not able to see his dream. But I 8767 m sure he 8767 s watching from heaven in peace.
There is much controversy surrounding King’s death such as how and why it occurred. King had been under surveillance by the FBI for years including during the shooting, he was labeled as the “most dangerous negro”, and had faced dozens of FBI’s attempts to infiltrate and disrupt the movement and to discredit King. The suspected killer, James Earl Ray, was picked up by the FBI and coerced into pleading guilty to avoid going to trial or having evidence produced. Many had hoped for further investigations and clarity.
Dr. King is one of the few true American heroes. In an age where it has become fashionable to hero-bash--uncovering the nefarious backgrounds and destroying the myths of American heroes, like George Washington and John F. Kennedy--the name of Dr. King has remains unblemished, and justifiably so. Dr. King stood for what he believed, and was a man ahead of his time. In the face of adversity, he dedicated and sacrificed his life for the equality of all people. His dream, which many today still share, has continued to live on as his legacy. His adversaries took his life, but his heroic legacy will never die. "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we're free at last."
Rob Petrone from New York, New York