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Martin Luther King Jrs I have a dream speech gave freedom for the African American people There are many historical similarities between the I have a dream speech and the play Raisin in the sun written by Lorraine Hansberry in the late 1950s The three similarities are Time period Racial Context and a dream of freedom The play was written in 1959 in the middle of the racial tension in the USA Martin Luther King Jr speech in 1963 was given to speak of the black nation wanting freedom and equality The play Raisin in the Sun and Martin Luther King Jr speech was written and spoken within the time span of four years In Raisin in the Sun Walter wants freedom as well as Martin Luther King Jr says in his speech Another similarity is Martin Luther King Jr and Lorraine Hansberry the author of Raisin in the sun were born and died around the time span of three years They both grew up in poor conditions and were treated badly by white people but racially it was worse for Martin Luther King Jr because he was assassinated five years after his I Have a Dream speech The Similarities for racial context between the play Raisin in the sun and the I Have a Dream speech are very similar racially Martin Luther King Jr states We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote A reason why the blacks were treated badly was they couldnt vote and they didnt have freedom like the whites and didnt have the same opportunities as the whites did back in the fiftys ever since the Martin Luther King Jr speech the black people have got their freedom A Racial confrontation in Raisin in the Sun is when Linder wanting to pay Walters family to stay out of the neighbourhood that
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