Martin Luther King, or the man who most of all manifested his dream with his life. That of equality. Let’s see together why his figure embodies that of the “modern dreamer”.
August 28, 1963, the day of the “dream”
57 years have passed since that famous day, in which Martin Luther King uttered the now famous phrase “I Have a dream“. M. L. King had a dream.
Born in Atlanta in 1929, the US politician and activist, civil rights leader, was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. In a year that has now become symbolic, King was killed by James Earl Ray with a shotgun. Although the name of his killer is known, the story surrounding his death is still shrouded in mystery today.
Leader of the “black revolution” King spent his life in a dream: that of equal rights. While many are quick to say “rights of moles”, for King there was no distinction. His struggle, and his dream, was to erase that border.
A border made of prejudices. Prejudices difficult to erase.
“I have a dream”, the story of the speech
It was a hot and muggy Wednesday, August 28, 1963. The civil rights protest march has just taken place in Washington. A large amount of crowds flocked to attend and attend. Civil rights are claimed by other protagonists of the time: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Marlon Brando in the first place.
The US is going through its most dramatic moment. For this reason there is such a strong social and civil mobilization.
At the end of the march, the moment arrives that will go down in history. M. L. King prepares to give his speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Modern Dreamers, human rights defenders
Rereading, in 2020, the words spoken by King that day makes us better understand the relevance of the topic.
“I have a dream before me that my four young children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the qualities of their character. I have a dream before me today! ”
For this, feel like Nelson Mandela, M. L. King represents in all respects the symbol of the modern dreamer.