Monday, February 4, 2013

I Have A Dream - Leadership

Our blog post today is from Mairead and Carley...
On the 4th of February (which is today), the seniors wrote a paragraph (or two!) on the famous speech I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King. He talked about freedom,equality and justice.

Our focus of the week in writing is speeches. Speeches that make people one in a million...who are strong as they speak the truth and for what is right!

Here are some paragraphs written by different people, explaining how the speech taught them even more than the orator had to say.

Ateil wrote:"I think Dr Martin Luther King was a brave person who stood up for his people. There was a word he used a lot..."I have a Dream!"
Jess wrote:"Martin Luther King put out an amazing message to our world. In 1963, our world was changed forever as this great orator spoke out about justice and how racism needs to end his words we should all be able to sit together at a table and talk.I agree...we all deserve a fair go."
Conor wrote:"I have a dream that all mankind may be treated equally. As one of the most famous speech givers in earth's history, Martin Luther King Jnr came out on the 28th August, 1963, and in front of 200,000 people, and gave a 17 minute speech that changed the world forever.This speech touches everyone who listens to this much cherished speech. This year, being the 50th anniversary, we still say,"Don't forget!'"
Madeline wrote:...."I was deeply moved by how he desperately wanted his four children to not be judged on the colour of their skin, but for who they really are. This brilliant orator even used biblical references:'Make crooked places become straight,and hills flattened..' Martin Luther King was a highly influential figure in the Civil Rights Movement and will always be remembered for his dream-THE END OF RACISM.'
Lizzy wrote..."Martin Luther King really taught us that we can all be united together as equals."


  1. Wow! I am impressed by the way you have really thought about Martin Luther King and what his words mean for us today. They are inspiring words for leaders that is for sure. I teach 5/6 and we have been thinking about leadership today too. We watched two inspiring YouTube clips, one by the 'kid president' and one about a group of boys in Southern Thailand who founded their own football team. We then wrote leadership statements in preparation for our leadership applications.
    Thanks for sharing your understandings. Look forward to visiting again!

  2. It is wonderful that you are studying such a fantastic speech from history which really changed the world at that time. The best orators can fill their audience with hope and make them want to be better people themselves. They can make you believe that you really can change the world around you even if it's in a small way. Good luck with writing your own leadership speeches!

  3. I was really pleased to see you were studying this great speech, Martin Luther King was a great man and a gifted orator who showed that words have great power, should not be empty promises and should always be used for good. A man who inspires me who has made many inspiring speeches and was willing to lead from the front is Nelson Mandela. At his trial before spending 27 years in jail for something he believed he said "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
    Good luck this week preparing your speeches.
    Lynda K-S

  4. Seniors, you are doing a great job telling everybody about speeches and racism. Keep it up and I hope you do well in year 6 & 7 next year. Do you know how Martin Luther King came up with his speech? - Angus

    Why did you choose that video? - Alex

    Why did you choose Martin Luther King and do you think he has anything to do with other countries? - Mia

    I believe that Martin Luther King did have the right to say his speech, because listening to that it didn't sound very fair. I'm glad that the old laws have ended and do you know if it has started any wars? - Madeline

    Well done on your paragraphs that you wrote about Martin Luther King, because they were very good - Catriona

    Has Martin Luther King said any other speeches? - Rosie

    What is your main focus in Inquiry this term? - Jack

    It would be great if you would ask your grandparents if they have watched or heard the speech - Ruby

  5. Martin Luther king did the right thing a said what needed to me said he got the message to many others and to my self it was a great speech to watch.