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A Comparison of Martin Luther King's speech and William Rasperry's Essay

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Regarding: Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream," and William Raspberry, "A Journalist's View of Black Economics

What is your reaction to MLK's speech? Is it the same to read the speech as it is to watch him give the speech? What is the difference? In light of King's speech, how do you react to Raspberry's essay? Is it fair to pair these two texts together: King's speech is famous and historical, and Raspberry's is more contemporary (1990). King's speech was given in 1963. How has this discussion about what Raspberry calls "black economics" changed? Does Raspberry treat the Civil Rights Movement fairly in his essay? How is he taking a more contemporary view of the situation? Raspberry's essay itself could be considered a historical document because it was written more than two decades ago. What is the current situation? Have things changed from King's time? From Raspberry's time? From a year ago?

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This solution analyzes and compares Martin Luther King's speech and William Rasperry's essay.

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My reaction to MLK's speech is that it is a soul stirring speech about what America can and should be in respect to racial equality, and social interactions among all Americans. Due to the specific mannerisms and oratory skills of Martin Luther King in speaking, it is not quite the same to read the speech as it is to watch him give the speech, although the philosophical information is the same. In essence, the way that Martin Luther King presents the speech in such an ...

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