NOTION  Myths and heroes / Idea of

Progress

THE ROAD TO FREEDOM : “ I HAVE A DREAM “ ( Martin Luther King, Jr)

  Read a chronology of the race relations in the US from 1868 to 1968.
1868
Black people become American citizens. Meanwhile Southerners set up the Ku Klux Klan, a group of white racists.

1870
Black people are given voting rights.

1875
The Civil Rights Bill condemns segregation in public places. However, in the South new laws reinforce segregation.

1954
Racial discrimination in schools is outlawed.

1955
Creation of the nonviolent Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) by Martin Luther King a black Baptist minister.

1957
President Eisenhower sent paratroopers to Little Rock (Arkansas) to impose integration of black children in local schools.

1963
After a lot of violence against black people throughout the South, some 200,000 demonstrators march to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to demand civil rights for the African Americans. Martin Luther King gives his famous “I have a dream” speech to the crowd.

1968
Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4. The 4th April is a national holiday in the USA: “Martin Luther King’s day”.

Anticipation  Using the information above anticipate the content of the speech delivered by Martin Luther King, entitled “I have a dream“ (Use be going to, will, may ).

Listen to Martin Luther King’s speech once.

Observe King’s charisma, notice the way he uses his voice. Pick out the keywords that are repeated several times. Classify them as indicated.
Keywords associated with discrimination against the black people in the U.S. Keywords suggesting optimism for the future of the black people in the U.S.