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People all through out history have shared a dream. A dream that, despite the human’s natural tendency to separate and segregate, all people be treated equally. Some of the best examples of this dream expressed come from the civil rights movements, where violence and hate where plentiful in the fight for equality among the races.
In the time and place in which the “I have a dream” speech was given, racism was rampant. Martin Luther King Jr. was watching even his own children be brought down because of there color. He saw this problem with the world and felt the pain of it in his own heart, and fought racism with incredible passion. The “I have a dream” speech was given to inspire people who are fighting not to give in, through trials and tribulations to hold strong because they will earn what they deserve, there freedom. Martin was one of the many who had the dream of a world where people where “not judged by the color of there skin, but the content of there character.” Another very prominent person in history who shared this dream was Mrs. Maya Angelou.
Maya Angelou as a child was never treated very specially. She wasn’t particularly pretty, and she thought that this was because she was black. In her mind the vision of a beautiful woman was a white woman and no other. She was never treated as an individual, always as the daughter, the sister, never just marguerite (her first name). Her dream was to be treated as an equal individual. One day Mrs. Flowers (someone she sort of idolized as a beautiful educated woman) asked her specifically to come over to her house, and gave her cookies and read her some poetry. It may not seem like a huge event, but in reality for Maya it was a huge deal to have someone pin point her and care if she learned something about poetry or not. Progress was made; a partial dream had been realized. And that brings me to another great man with the dream of equality, Nelson Mandela.
Glory and hope is the name of the inauguration speech that Nelson Mandela gave when accepting presidency of South Africa. In his speech he spoke about the trials and tribulations that the country had suffered on its own. He spoke of the hardships, and then the progress they had made in fixing there situation. Leading into how they need not give up now. They can’t quit while there ahead, “the time to build is upon us.” If they could hold on and keep fighting soon freedom would reign
A common dream, shared by three extraordinary people: one dreaming of peace in the future, one celebrating a triumph, one encouraging success, but all sharing a common dream none the less. Our pain becomes our wishes. What hurts us we wish away, and dream of the better opposite. When faced with racism these people dream of equality
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