Has King's Dream Been Achieved?

Essay by shockresHigh School, 10th gradeA-, February 2009

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When the American Civil Rights Movement gained momentum in the 1950’s, African Americans fought to escape from the oppression of White American rule. Due to the long history of slavery in the United States, the African Americans were the primary victims of racial segregation and discrimination. Individuals who tried to stand up against these prejudices were either ignored or severely punished. Thus, many African Americans were silenced and left to accept their tragic fate. However, hope was restored when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. When he delivered his speech to over two hundred thousand people, he proposed the idea that blacks and whites could coexist in harmony. Even though King fought rigorously for his dream, it is apparent that it has still not been achieved yet. The predominant reasons are because African Americans are not treated equally, Afrocentric schools are supported in the Toronto District School Board, and racial prejudice still exists in our world.

King’s dream has gone very far since Lincoln abolished slavery, but there is still a long way to go until true equality is reached.

After slavery was abolished, African Americans gained many civil liberties and were considered as American citizens. However, King’s dream has not become a reality yet because African Americans are still considered to be inferior to the whites. Furthermore, they were deemed as second class citizens. Even though they lived in the “land of opportunity”, African Americans were still alienated and lived in poor conditions in the country they called home. Historically, the African American population has the highest poverty rate than any other ethnic group in the United States. Even today, this correlation has shown no change in direction. In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau survey revealed that 24.3% of the African American population...