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All of the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. have an action, character, or idea similar...

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okeyhomangirl | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 5, 2008 at 6:31 AM via web

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All of the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. have an action, character, or idea similar to in A Raisin in the Sun, what are they?

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that even the state of Mississippi, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they willnot be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted. I have a dream that we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:22 AM (Answer #1)

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The dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr. are similar to the dreams presented in Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.  When the insurance money arrives, Mama decides that she will use a portion of the money to make a down payment on a house for the Younger family.  She wants to find a quality home for a reasonable price, so she buys a house in Clybourne Park, a white neighborhood.  When Ruth hears that the house is in Clybourne Park, she is wary of being the only black family in the neighborhood.  Mr. Linder confirms Ruth's fears when he arrives to tell the family that they are not wanted in the community.  Mama, however, believes that she and her family have the right to live wherever they choose, and this is similar to the dreams of Martin Luther King, Jr.  In his "I Have a Dream" speech, he wishes for the day when people of varying races will be able to live in harmony with one another.  In the play, Walter tells Mr. Linder that he and his family will be good neighbors, and this also relates to King's speech when he says that he wants his children to be judged by their character, not by their skin color.  So "I Have a Dream" and A Raisin in the Sun have similar ideas.

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