It was a primordial cry of pain, a primitive urge to be released from bondage - which materialized in the moving words and sonorous sentences that found utterance in a relatively unknown pastor more than forty years ago, on 28th August 1963, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC:
This is not a cleverly crafted political speech, but in many ways the unrestrained outpouring of the "hope that springs eternal in human breast." It does not have a subtlety in it that needs to be analyzed by the scholars, but it has a sublimity that can be felt by every person who has a longing heart. No true poem, or any profound work of art can be subject to analysis as such; Martin Luther King's electrifying speech falls into their category. It was an expression of creativity, pure and simple; in fact, more specifiacally, it is an outcome of a very intriguing concept that King alludes to in his speech: creative suffering.
Suffering transfixes the human mind. We must have all experienced it. A sharp thorn pierces our foot, and at that very instant, the whole structure of our mind, indeed our very notion of ourselves, evaporates into thin air even if only for a split second. That space of emptiness can at times be very conducive to creative perception.
It is a space that can also come into existence inside a human being by virtue of sheer empathy; a feeling for the suffering of our fellow people. This is the space from which Jesus acted and spoke, this is the space within the soul that compelled Martin Luther King too to embark on a mission to liberate the black people.
Though no one generally associates creativity with Jesus Christ, his life was indeed an expression of a deep creative force. So was the life of Martin Luther King. Jesus' life was a representation and response to the suffering of humankind. Martin Luther King's life was too, in its own way.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest - quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.
From the anguish and agony of the human soul is born the wellspring of creativity that seeks to take life to a new level of freedom and fulfillment.
From our hearts and souls have we to understand it, not from the often shallow reasonings of the mind. Notwithstanding the meticulous process that went into composing this landmark speech, and regardless of the famed rhetorical prowess of the person who delivered it, all of which may be no more than secondary details, the simplicity and the essence, the power and the impact of Martin Luther King's words, prima facie, transcend the reach of rational analysis.
During this historical moment, he was received by one fourth of a million people, both blacks and whites, at Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. He begins with the prophetic comments about his fight for the cause, saying that the moment would “go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (‘I have a Dream’).
He was also a well-known leader within the civil rights movement, the main purpose of which was to obtain racial equality and protect civil rights of the African American citizens of the United States of America. Today Martin Luther King Jr. is recognized as a heroic leader who greatly contributed to American liberalism and sacrificed himself to change America for better.
The author of the paper states that King assumes that everyone is aware that he is African American. As such, he is well informed that people take it for granted that he has borne the brunt of racism, racial segregation and persecution, courtesy of institutionalized racism and laws such as the Jim Crow Laws.
It was a speech that changed the world for good. Throughout the history of mankind there are few speeches that have created special place in the hearts and minds of ordinary people. This speech is one of them. It is easy to instigate people and provocate
The speech which was well rehearsed and well researched too contained all the materials to catch everyone’s attention to stay in the memories of every single man who heard it. The speech was very well coordinated and
This paper will discuss the impact that Martin Luther King’s speech I Have a Dream has towards portraying an era of racism, discrimination and injustice that perpetrated against African American in the US.