I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr.

August 23, 1963

Discussion Questions

1. King says that he has come to the nations capital to cash a check. Who wrote the check and what is its significance?

2. Why does King reject gradualism as an approach to racial problems? What is his alternative?

3. Why does King say that he remains dissatisfied? What dangers does he associate with his call for action?

4. What is King's dream?

Paper Topics
1. Is King in agreement with the principles of the Declaration? How does he understand any gap between principles and practice?

2. Would King consider his views closest to those of Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, or W.E.B. DuBois?

3. Does King believe that a color blind society is either possible or desirable?

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