I Have A Dream Speech Thesis

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In the mid 20th Century, people in the United States were facing the issue of racism, specifically the African Americans. Even though the passing of the 13th amendment in 1865 occurred, under corrupt government systems, black's still faced this issue heavily. Because of all this, blacks urged one another and civil rights activists began to arise. Southern Christian Leader Martin Luther King Jr. was the most notable activists of them all. He engaged in several movements containing protests and civil rights boycotts that furthered the movement of racial equality. King's "I Have a Dream" speech had a huge impact as it demonstrated the racial division of the time and appealed to the audience into sympathy. While doing this, he also presented the hope to the African American people. Sorrowfully, his …show more content…
He mentions “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” found in the book of Amos Chapter 5 Verse 24 which states “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” King even mentions that “every valley shall be exalted, […] that the glory of the Lord shall be raised up, and that the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” This alludes to the passage of Isiah 40:4-5 stating that “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.” Much more scripture was mentioned in King’s speech to point out that the scripture in the bible which are God’s words even line up with King’s words. He used passages from the bible because many of the people during the 1960s claimed to be religious and active in their Christian faith therefore King wanted to allow the crowd to think on a biblical stance and see how his reasoning was pure and law-abiding according to God’s