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Martin Luther King, Jr. "I have a dream" speech

April 24, 2012
On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Speaking from the steps of the LIncoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King stood before an estimated quarter of a million people who had gathered to demonstrate for passage of the Civil Rights Act.
demonstration
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
symbolic
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
emancipation
The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. It granted freedom to any slave held in the Confederacy as of January 1, 1863.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. It granted freedom to any slave held in the Confederacy as of January 1, 1863.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
momentous
This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.
decree
This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.
sear
This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.
wither
This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.
injustice
This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.
manacle
Dr. King used to term "manacle" to symbolically compare segregation laws to the shackles or handcuffs used a hundred years earlier to restrain slaves.
One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
segregation
A main goal of Dr. King was to do away with so called "Jim Crow Laws" that forced minorities to use segregated or inferior separate public facilities including parks, schools and even water fountains or seats on trains and buses.
One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
discrimination
One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
languish
One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
exile
One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
dramatize
So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
appalling
So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
architect
The "Founding Fathers" is a name often given to the architects or authors of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
republic
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
constitution
"The United States Constitution" is the official name of the document describing our nation's government.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
declaration
"The Declaration of Independence" is the title of the document sent to the King and Parliament demanding independence from Britain in 1776.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
heir
Dr. King is pointing out that racial discrimination has a long history in the United States. Just as citizens today have inherited freedom they also have inherited problems. The Founding Fathers permitted slavery and racial inequality, thus leaving these problems for future generations (their heirs) to solve.
When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
inalienable
This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
pursuit
This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
default
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.
sacred
Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
obligation
Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
insufficient
Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked " insufficient funds."
refuse
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.
bankrupt
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.
hallowed
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.
urgency
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.
desolate
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
underestimate
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro.
determination
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro.
swelter
This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
discontent
This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
invigorating
This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
rude
Dr. King is using "rude" as a synonym for "abrupt" or "sudden."
Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.
tranquility
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.
grant
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.
foundation
The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
threshold
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice.
deed
In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.
conduct
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
dignity
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
degenerate
We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.
majestic
Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
engulf
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
destiny
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
inextricably
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

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Sunday January 27th 2013, 3:26 PM
Comment by: Julianna Z.
Wow,Do you know what deja vu means?
doesn;t everyone?;p
Monday February 25th 2013, 6:45 AM
Comment by: yasha S. (United Kingdom)
Deja vu is a feeling that you have already experinced the things that are happening to you..
Wednesday October 15th, 10:29 AM
Comment by: ax N. (LA)
yes even my kind gets it but they call it visions from the gods.

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