Martin Luther King


English Speech


Biographies and Autobiographies





“I say to you today, even though we face the difficulties


of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream that is deeply


rotted in the American dream. 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 were created equal.’





Good morning/afternoon Mr Gladwin, ladies and gentlemen. Today I stand before you as not only your sister in Christ but as one equal to your-selves, created by God.


Incase my enthusiastic introduction has not made you aware, today; my speech to you will be about a book that portrays the man, Martin Luther King as a vibrant man of and a strong believer in peace and freedom.


During the preparation for the speech, I found my self reading four different books on the life of Martin Luther King. Surprisingly, they were all written very differently. Today I am going to focus on the first book I read, ‘Free at Last.’


The Author of this book, Angela Bull, wrote this biography on the life of Martin Luther King to allow an easy reading book for young children between the ages of 8-12.


The incidents outlined throughout this book where the main and key events in Martin Luther King’s life. Although this author did not go into depth with the outlined events, she managed to say what it was she needed to say and got her point across nicely and clearly written in a way that young yet proficient readers could understand it.


Michael King was born on January 15th 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of five, Michael King was baptized by his father Martin Luther King snr and was then afterwards given the name Martin Luther King II. As a child, it was difficult for Martin to grow up in the white American society. Because the whites saw them selves as superior to the Africans, Martin, although his best friend was white, was not allowed to attend the same school as his best friend. And even though his father was a well respected preacher, he was still forced to take the worst seats of the buses. 70 years before Martin birth, the black people, as they were known at that time, were taken, or rather snatched from their peaceful villages and were chained and ‘packed’ below ship decks for the long voyage back to America were the Africans were to work as slaves. They had no rights what so ever, and were bought and sold as thought they were animals being sold at the markets.


The white Americans of the time were so racist that they would not have black people swimming in the same pool as them, or even sitting in the same train carriages. Signs displaying ‘Whites only’ kept the Africans from entering shops, schools and even in some cases, churches…now that makes you think, doesn’t it?


At the age of 15 yrs, Martin was an excellent speaker; he had a strong and commanding yet gentle and soft way of speaking. He entered a public speaking competition. It was here he presented his powerful speech about the Negro and the constitution and won himself first prize. Proud of his achievements, Martin flung himself on a bus and relaxed ready to return home to present his parents with his prize. But on the way, the bus filled up and seats became few. Martin remained in his seat refusing to get up for any white man. When the bus driver saw that Martin remained in his seat, he ordered him to get up to allow room for the white people. Martin stayed strong, that was until his teacher ordered him up. In obedience, Martin stood and was gently reminded by his teacher of the rule of the day. ‘White before blacks.’ Martin was furious, it was, according to him, the angriest he’d ever been in his life!


Martin Luther King’s career was always something that bothered him, he was talented in many areas, especially that of athletics and public speaking. Martin longed to help the black people of America and had a strong Christian faith and so decided to follow his father’s footsteps and began training to