Preview of the "Dream" at Detroit March

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Abstract

Two months before the famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington, King used many of the same words, rhetorical techniques, and themes. King expresses gratitude and inspiration and warns against hatred and separatism at what he thinks is the largest US demonstration to date, a march in Detroit June 23, 1963. The legacy of slavery and segregation induced a false sense of inferiority in Negroes. But with newfound self-respect and the discipline of nonviolence, they are confronting discrimination and hatred with militancy, loving but powerfully determined to be free.

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