King Jr.’s “I have a dream”: Moving metaphors

By: Ana Milanes

At the Washington D.C. civil rights march on August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Junior delivered his notorious “I Have a Dream” speech which inspired many to continue with the movement for the end of discrimination.

“One hundred years ago,” begins King Jr., “the proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln to free slaves and gain equality for negroes. At the time, African Americans were hindered by poverty, exile, segregation and discrimination.”

King calls on a powerful metaphor of coming to cash a check at the Capitol. America’s check was bad, all promises in that proclamation had been broken. The speech promised no rest for America until African American’s had rights. He motivated followers to not drink from the cup of hatred in order to quench their thirst for freedom. “There would be no satisfaction,” he continues, “until justice rolls down like water to a mighty stream.”

King’s dream is of a fair world where skin color is unimportant in the grand scheme, “Where (my children) will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.

Published in: on March 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

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