“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.” Is how Martin Luther King begins the iconic speech “I Have a dream” from 1963.
Martin Luther King was a pastor and a civil right activist, who fought for equality among Americans no matter skin colour. His speech went down in the world history as the turning point for the segregation between black and whites.
The speech were spoken in occasion of the civil right march, Lincoln Memorial, In Washington DC back in 1963. To celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation made in 1863, exactly 100 years earlier.
The proclamation were made right after the ending of the American civil war. Back then, he declared the blacks for free people.
But still, so many years later the negros is still not free. The claim in the speech is that blacks are still not treated equally.
To support the claim, he talks about how the negros is still the victims in the shape of discrimination and poverty(Side 1, pg. 2).
The warrant in the speech is where King use the occasion to pull strings back to the American civil war where he mentions the Emancipation Proclamation already in the beginning of the speech(Side 1, pg. 1-2).
He uses this occasion to remind the people that it is time to take action. He wanted to remind the American people what they were about to achieve so many years earlier - to stop the segregation and make all people equally.