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by Martin Luther King Jr.

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What specific acts of injustice against African Americans does Martin Luther King Jr. cite in his speech?

In his "I Have a Dream" speech, Martin Luther King Jr. cites specific acts of injustice against African Americans such as racism, segregation, lack of rights, police brutality, inequality in accessing motels and hotels, relegation of black people to ghettos, signs that specify whites only, and the inability of African Americans to vote.

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Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the culmination of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. In it, he refers to acts of injustice against African Americans in three different places. Sometimes he speaks generally and sometimes more specifically.

First of all, he points out that one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans were still victims of injustice. As examples of the continuing lack of freedom of black Americans, King specifically mentions the problems of segregation, discrimination, poverty in the middle of prosperity, and banishment to the "corners of American society." He claims that the "unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" have been denied to Black people.

Later in his speech, King exclaims that African Americans will never be satisfied until certain things are accomplished. By implication, the dissatisfaction that he feels is because these acts of injustice...

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