Barack Obama’s election and re-election show that this country has certainly come a long way since Dr. King’s era, yet in some ways, things haven’t changed enough. For your new discussion post, write a short essay of at least 300 words that explains whether or not you think the promise of the speeches has been realized or not and why.

Reading Assignments

Both speeches are available in text on the American Rhetoric website. You can also follow the text while you listen to the Dr. King.

Read/listen to “I Have a Dream”: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

Read/listen to “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkivebeentothemountaintop.htm

Note: If you decide to write about either of these speeches in your assignments, cite the source with paragraph numbers from the text on American Rhetoric.

President Barack Obama

President Obama’s First Presidential Inaugural Address (Jan. 20, 2009) exemplifies that Americans today are living with the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.

Read/listen to the Address on American Rhetoric: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/barackobama/barackobamainauguraladdress.htm

If you wish, you can watch the speech on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PuHGKnboNY

Note: If you decide to write about this speech in your assignments, cite the source with paragraph numbers from the text on American Rhetoric.

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