Speech about Racism related to Martin Luther KingI need to write a speech about Racism related to Martin Luther King. I already write the introduction and about what "colored people" couldn´t...

Speech about Racism related to Martin Luther King

I need to write a speech about Racism related to Martin Luther King. I already write the introduction and about what "colored people" couldn´t make; I don´t know of what else can I write about.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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You should also focus on his early life, and events in personal life that influenced him to work so hard and make racial progress and racial equality his life's mission. He accomplished many things as was indeed an amazing person so I think it's always a good idea to touch on who he was as a person.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You could write about opportunities people have now that they did not have then.  You could also describe disadvantages people still have based on race.  For example, the link between race and poverty.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I would agree that you need to look at research on the Freedom Riders.  They followed Martin Luther King's example of non-violent protests.  Oprah recently helped produce a very powerful documentary on the Freedom Riders.  I wish I could remember the name of it because it was very good. 

I think Dr King's point was that there shouldn't be racism.  He dreamed of a world where it didn't exist.  His hope was for a future where children could be children regardless of the color of their skin. 

You may want to add to your paper (of course, I don't know how long you need it to be) some sort of comparison between the things Martin Luther King hoped for in his speech and the things that have been accomplished in today's world.  I always remember the line from the speech about the children holding hands.  I think we have, for the most part, achieved this goal.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Got it. Then you need to look at research on the Freedom Riders, sit-ins, and the segregation of schools. There is tons of information regarding King's role in the movement. One other book I would like to recommend is I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World.

Also, check out the site below.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/01/martin-luther-king-jr-day-reading-list.html


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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I am not sure that I understand your point thus far: "Colored people couldn't make." What I think you should do is examine King's speeches and see what he says, specifically, about racism. A good text to look at is Malcolm & Martin & America: A Dream or a Nightmare. This text offers King's views on the importance of gaining racial equality with peace, not with violence as Malcolm X deemed necessary.

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coreana | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Thank you !!! My point was explaining that coloured people went to different schools, different bathrooms, bars, etc.

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