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I Have A Dream – Martin Luther King, Jr. – Grade 12 Heritage of Words
Background Information and Keypoints
- About 1600 White Americans bought/brought Negros as slaves from Africa.
- Slaves were treated as animals.
- In 1787, the constitution of U.S. stated, “All men are created equal.” but only on paper.
- In 1862, Abraham Lincoln made slaves free.
- This speech was made after 100 years of Lincoln’s declaration.
- There were many forms of slavery, social discrimination, segregation and police brutality.
- “One day, the dark cloud of discrimination will end.”, Martin believes.
- He appeals all Negros to demand the equal right from government but he warns not to violence.
- Purpose of the speech
- Situation of the Blacks
- Martin’s suggestions to the Blacks
- Racial discrimination in America
- Real Dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. (This point is important. It comes in 3 marks short question sometimes.)
- Analogy of a Bad Cheque/Check (Promissory Note)