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United States Equality

Throughout all the years, the United States has not fulfilled its promise of equality to its people. If they did, the African American race would have had the same rights as white people in the 1950's. Instead, African Americans were discriminated in many different ways, like for example, not having the right to go to school with other white kids, or being banned from certain places that did not allow "Colored People". A famous speech known as the "I Have a Dream Speech", said by Martin Luther King Jr. was read to the people of the United States to try to and accomplish getting equality for other races.

In Martin Luther King's speech, he clearly explains that the African American race still to this day is not free. "But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination" (King, line 5). He is clarifying that the African Americans have not been freed yet, that they are still suffering from not having freedom and being single out.

Martin Luther also stated a very important announcement that shows the United States has not fulfilled its promise of equality to people. "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, They were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This not was a promise to all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" (King, line 11). The passage proves that the promise for equality was made, but not fulfilled. The African Americans and other races did not have the same rights of other white American citizens. In the quote, Martin Luther means that in the Declaration of Independence all people were granted rights, including blacks, not just whites.

African Americans clearly were not free in the 1950s through 1960s. The white people had more rights and very little



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