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Freedom and Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK)

            "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(King)." These powerful words began Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream Speech". In that quote Dr. King was telling the millions of people who were listening, that he believed his speech would be the best example for the freedom of the black community in the history of the United States. In Dr.King's speech he praised Abraham Lincoln for signing the Emancipation Proclamation, which was written to free the slaves forever. Contradicting with the Emancipation Proclamation were Dr.King's words which stated "But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination(King)." This goes to show that though legislation was passed throughout the nation, the attitudes and feelings toward the black community still did not change. Dr.King felt as though the blacks were still bonded by the laws of segregation and constant unequal treatment. Though Dr.King saw the unfair treatment and the hatred the whites carried for the black community, he did not allow that to make him become a violent man. Dr.King believed in peaceful protest, which he showed when he said "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force(King)." King thought that as a race, a negative approach to the situation would make matters worst. He believed that this "war" of race should be fought with strong voices and determination.

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