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A Dream Realized In Mary Louise Pratts article Arts of the Contact Zone her contact zones are referred to as spaces in which peoples geographically and historically separated come into contact with each other and establish ongoing relations usually involving conditions of coercion radical inequality and intractable conflict Bartholomae and Petrosky 605 In other words it is a location where two cultures meet and frequently clash For my historical documents I chose among Frederick Douglass What to A Slave Is the Fourth of July Chief Seattles How Can One Sell the Air usually referred to as the Speech of 1854 and Dr Martin Luther King Jrs speech I Have A Dream However Chief Seattles speech was translated into variable forms and some web pages hinted that the speech was unreliable for several minute reasons refer to links on Chief Seattles Thoughts I also disregarded Douglass speech because I did not find it as emotionally enticing as Kings speech It was an excellent autoethnographic text but I did not feel as stimulated by his words I therefore chose Dr Martin Luther King Jr a Reverend who was famous for his stirring and poignant speeches In these speeches he protested the prejudice and racism suffered African Americans in 1960s America He describes his dream of a peaceful integration of blacks and whites imitating a literate art Pratt 613 of the contact zone Kings speech I Have A Dream aptly fits Pratts idea of an autoethnographic text This speech was presented on August 28 1963 during the March on Washington and was read from the steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC He talks of the aftermath of slavery which is an illustrative effect of the contact zone between whites and blacks in the United States The dominant culture the whites bound and chained the blacks to stereotypes Exhibiting qualities of an autoethnographic text I Have A Dream is
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