"I Have a Dream" speech.

Essay by LadyJ4302High School, 11th gradeA-, February 2006

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August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered a profound message on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He had a dream, a dream that one day blacks would not be looked upon as Negros or coloreds, but as Americans.

King was on a mission, a mission for social, political, and economic equality. Despite the long way the blacks had already come, King was still not yet satisfied, and he would never be as long as "the Negro is the victim of police brutality" or "the Negro cannot vote nor has no reason to vote." He won't be satisfied until" justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

He has a dream that blacks and whites could "sit down at the table of brotherhood together." King wanted "Mississippi would be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice." He wanted his "four little children to one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

King wasn't looking to be treated better, just as a equal. He hoped that one day "black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sign in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I'm free at last."