What did Martin Luther King Jr. ask for in his famous speech?

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Martin Luther King was asking to have a promise fulfilled. He was asking for “the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Martin Luther King implored American citizens to honor the words written by our founding fathers. Reverend King believed that our society should abide by the guarantees written into the Constitution—that all men should be granted equal opportunity. Black people were often treated unfairly, and they faced a daily struggle to be judged by their character rather than their skin color. He believed that this was an urgent matter and that these racial injustices had to be addressed immediately. Ultimately, it was his dream that racial injustice no longer be a part of our society.