In August 1963, Martin Luther King spoke the words that forever transcended the categorical boundaries of race, class and nationality.
Seven hundred thousand people gathered around the Washington Monument to attend this groundbreaking event.
His speech was not only an uproar against the oppression of blacks in the American society, it was a manifestation of an everlasting peace between black and white people.
King had the ability to express the pain of the black population by using words instead of violence, and because of that he became the undisputed leader of the civil rights movement.
Dr. King’s undeniable charisma and powerful, almost messing voice urge the audience to listen. He uses powerful phrases in abundance as he progressively develops an idea of what his ideal future entails.
It becomes a type of anthem as he paints a picture of a developed country in which there are cultural unity and equality among races.
Throughout the entire speech King uses the first person plural, “we”, and refers to the Civil Rights Movement as “my people” on several occasions to symbolize brotherhood.
He speaks on behalf of the African American community when stating that “We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt” .
By this he means that black people refuse to believe that there is not enough justice to provide equality for all citizens.
He compares segregation to a bad check and hereby demands that everyone should be able to “cash this check” and receive the full benefits of freedom and equality.