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The Unfinished Dream Reverend Martin Luther King Jr was a magnificent man He was a disciple for justice an apostle for peace He was a man with a grand dream He dreamed of a society where every man was treated equally despite the color of his skin Reverend King dedicated his life to improving the quality of living for African-Americans He heroically and serenely led the Civil Rights Movement Doctor Kings philosophy was nonviolence Although he and his followers were called derogatory names sprayed with fire hoses attacked by vicious dogs and even jailed Dr King never resorted to combativeness He protested peacefully and effectively paved the way for change Annette Rottenberg pays tribute to Dr King in her anthology The Elements of Argument During the course of his life Martin Luther King wrote many memorable speeches August 28 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Reverend King delivered one of the most inspirational speeches of his lifetime In the I Have a Dream speech Dr King spoke of his dream for America He boldly states in his speech 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 710 Reverend King was confident that African-Americans would reach the Promised Land He had confidence in his movement and faith in his followers He knew that even if he didnt reach the Promised Land with his people the movement would progress and the day for peace would come Today over thirty years since the unforgettable I Have a Dream speech change has come Segregated schools off-limit water fountains and back-seat bus rides are all indiscretions of the past More Blacks are graduating from high school and choosing not to limit their educational experience by going to college Blacks have torn down countless barriers African-Americans have accomplished many goals
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