June 11, 2010
I HAVE A DREAM
1. King's speech contains other allusions in addition to the one with which he opens his speech. Find an allusion tothe Emancipation Proclamation and the Bible.
In the declaration of Independence: “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration ofIndependence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir”
Bible: “Let us not allow in the valley of despair”
2. In the second paragraph, King says that"the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination." What image does this words bring up? Why would this be an effective methodof moving his audience? \
It seems to me that this phrase referred to slaves. It definitely would be an effective method because the public would have being impacted with this becausecompare African Americans situation with the age of slavery. It was an age in where blacks were mistreated and did not have freedom. Martin Luther King wanted to express that AA were stillcontrolled by whites and that it had to finish.
3. What are some of the specific acts of injustice against African Americans which King cites in his speech?
They were victims of theunspeakable horrors of police brutality, suffered poverty, had no basic mobility, did not have the right to vote, and could not lodge in the motels of the highways and hotels in the cities. They didnot have rights.
4. Near the end of his speech, King names many different states. Why do you think he did this?
This is because he wanted to be more direct and specific with all thosestates that were still discriminating African Americans and they with all their actions were doing a damage to the society and that they need to realize that they can not continue doing it.