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Marthin Luther King And Barack Obama

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The United States of America are a state that has gone through many stages of development at a faster pace than most countries. That is why, to us, it is almost inconceivable that merely 50 years ago, America was tainted by segregation, discrimination and even the complete oblivion towards the human rights. However, these issues were overcome because of many people who refused to be treated differently just because their skin was of a darker hue or because their God bore a different name. One of these people was Martin Luther King Jr., a simple pastor from Atlanta, Georgia, whose speech “I have a dream” inspired some people and awakened others. He was one of the reasons for which, 45 years ...view middle of the document...

he said. The beautiful part of this speech was that, although his own human rights were infringed, he did not wish his oppressors any harm, he did not seek vengeance or retribution for what was done to his people. Even though most white people were still condescending towards African-Americans despite their Constitution forbidding it, all he expressed through his speech referred to brotherhood and peace among all Americans regardless their colour or religion, not just for their generation’s sake but for the sake of the generations to come. He wished for all children to grow up with the sense of brotherhood, believing they will only be judged by their character and not the colour of their skin. Thus, he concluded his speech by calling on to all Americans to have faith and freedom would ensue.
The fact that 45 years later Barrack Obama gave his first speech as the first African American president of the United States attested the fact that Martin Luther King Jr. was a visionary, that his struggle was not in vain and that he managed to plant the idea of freedom and equality among people so deep in the American minds, that not only did they accept African Americans as their equals, but they chose one of them to be their leader.
Barrack Obama’s speech starts with his gratitude to all American citizens who opened their minds towards the idea of an African American president. He appears to be amazed and humbled by the fact that only five decades before, African Americans were not even allowed to vote for white people and now, it is white people who voted for an African American.
His speech gravitates around the concept of change. After many years of struggle and oppression, he admits that “change has come to America”. By that, he means that Martin Luther king Jr.’s, Rosa Parks’ and many others’ struggles and sacrifices were not in vain and that America did learn from their mistakes in the past.
He also addresses some of the main issues that the US were confronting at the time such as the economic crisis, the war in Iraq and environmental issues. However, he does not do this to make false...

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