I stepped out of the car that brought me to our nation’s capital. I looked around and took in the sheer amount of people who surrounded the Lincoln Memorial, all waiting for a life changing speech from a man named Martin Luther King Jr. I noticed that the vast majority of the crowd is black, and I am obviously the minority.
Civil rights had been a constant issue, and many black people had been targeted to be the victims of police brutality and discrimination of many different forms. I had been raised in the midst of it, but my parents are very liberal and against white supremacy.
Some of the African Americans who were listening probably thought that because I am from the deep south, I am there to mock the speech that was about to be delivered, but my situation is the exact opposite.
I am a white southern woman from the deep south, and I am against every single thing that involved segregation and discrimination. This speech might change the things that labeled me as better than some of my closest friends.
Suddenly there was a hush, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr walked to the podium to give his speech, entitled “I Have a Dream.”
King’s dream was like something we had never heard. We listened to everything he said, but what caused everyone to scream like never before was when he exclaimed...
“I have a dream that my four little children will 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 50).
Harold, Lynn, and I all jumped and screamed for this. “King repeated the phrase ‘I have a dream’ eight times: six times to introduce a description of his dream and twice more to simply say ‘I have a dream today!’”(Frey).
“‘Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last”(King 51).
Now King began to develop a new theme, and he quoted patriotic songs and American traditions. His words were incredible, and his speech came to an end by him saying with tons of pride...