Central Ideas in "I Have a Dream"

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I Have a Dream Central Idea

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In this activity, students will provide a summary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Have students break down his speech into key parts and illustrate with Photos For Class or Storyboard That artwork in a storyboard.



Example I Have a Dream Speech Summary


  • Martin Luther King Jr. begins his speech by referencing the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the beacon of hope it provided for African Americans. The image shows the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in 1863.

  • Next, he continues on to describe the injustice and segregation that African Americans are facing. The image shows an African American in the back of a police car.

  • King states that this is just the beginning and there will be no backing down until African Americans are considered equal. The man in the image is wearing a picket sign that is encouraging the end of segregation.

  • Next, King demands that people maintain their dignity and discipline; he does not want people to resort to violence. The image shows a young man peacefully sitting in a restaurant that refused to serve African Americans.

  • He continues to encourage people to have faith and to press on until his dream is realized and citizens of different races can live together peacefully. The image is of an African American who continues to pray and have faith in the movement.

  • King ends the speech preaching about all of God’s children across the United States being able to live in a free and equal world. The image used is a photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington.



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