Martin Luther King Jr Vs Aesop Rock

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Having a dream can mean many different things. Martin Luther King Jr. and Aesop Rock are two examples of that. On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech to over 250,000 people. In this speech, Martin Luther King Jr. made his dream clear: a nation cleansed of segregation and discrimination. He stated that, "The life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”(1) He spoke about a future of peace and unity. Martin Luther King Jr. called for immediate, non-violent action. Later, on September 18, 2001, Aesop Rock released a song titled "No Regrets" in which he described the life of a girl named Lucy and her idea of dreams and dreamers. It starts with Lucy at age seven, "Lucy was seven and wore a head of blue barrettes..."(4) and continues through to her death at age 87. Along the way, it…show more content…
And Aesop Rock had two contrasting ideas in mind when they spoke about their dreams. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream had not been fulfilled yet when he spoke about it, but he had hope and faith in his dream's future. He said, "Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream."(2). His dream applied to a problem that spanned the whole country. He believed that his dream was attainable and he pursued it and worked toward accomplishing it. Aesop Rock on the other hand, claimed to not have a dream because "a dream is what you want to do, but still haven't pursued."(5). He believed that you can either dream a dream or live a dream, and in "No regrets" he showed Lucy living her dream. Lucy's dream was more personal than Martin Luther King Jr.'s, in that it only applied to herself and she never shared it with anyone. Aesop Rock believed that being a dreamer meant that you wouldn't ever accomplish your goal because you were too busy dreaming about it. That is why Lucy never had a dream because she preferred to accomplish things, rather than wish for

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