- King’s “I Have a Dream” speech compares the situation of African-Americans in 1863 to their situation in 1963. What are the differences? What are the similarities?
- King refers to a check or a promissory note that was given to African-Americans. What is that promissory note? How does he develop the check image?
- King’s speech is a call to action. To what kind of action? What do African-Americans want? Significantly, what kind of action does he warn against? Why?
- The most quoted sentences of this speech repeat the phrase “I have a dream.” What are the elements of that dream? How does it relate to the “American Dream”?
- King takes the phrase “let freedom ring” from the patriotic song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Why is this important? How does he expand on this phrase?
- How does King tie this phrase to the words of an “old Negro spiritual”? Why is this significant?
- King was a Southern Baptist minister. What aspects, themes, images of his speech might be representative of Southern religious sermons?
- Of what aspects of American culture is King’s speech critical?
- Did the speech lead to transformations in American culture? Explain your answer.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
(#6) DQs on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please answer the following questions after reading and listening to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "I Have A Dream."