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Values Evoked in "I Have a Dream" Speech

Which values does luther king evoke in his "I Have a Dream" speech? Are these values appealing to both black and white people?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 12, 2008 at 5:14 PM (Answer #2)

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Martin Luther King was at the center of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. 

He emerged as a leader of the movement, whose values were based on Christianity, Martin Luther King was a minister, and the rights outlined in the Constitution. These excerpts from his speech exemplify the values that were at the heart of his movement. 

"Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood."

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

"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 a table of brotherhood." (King)

Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.  

"Martin Luther King's unarmed struggle has been waged in his own country; its result has been that an obdurate, centuries-old, and traditional conflict is now nearing its solution." (Gunnar Jahn, Chairman of the Nobel Committee, 1964)

Dr. King's values and his vision for America were beneficial to both blacks and whites.  He wanted the law of the land to reflect morality and equality, aspects that all can benefit from in the justice system.   

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