I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
To understand Dr. King's message, we must look at the implicit meaning (deeper meaning) of his words. Although he spoke of his four children to make his message sound personal, his words really extended to all people. He hoped that Americans would not judge others based on their race, but instead on whom they are as a person. When he said, "content of their character," he meant what is on the inside: personality, work ethic, intelligence, skills and abilities, and more. He said, "one day" because he knew that in order to achieve his vision, many Americans in his time would need to change the way they thought about people of color.
I've copied some other lines from Dr. King's speech below. Read them.
- I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
- I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
- I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
This Week's Prompt:
Choose one of the sentences from MLK's speech listed above. Analyze (break apart, tell about the parts) what the sentence is about. You may need to look up some of the words. Explain (teach me, show me) the implicit meaning of Dr. King's words.
Also, tell why you think Dr. King chose those words and phrases to get his message across. I modeled how to do this above.
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