In his speech Dr king says that “we have come to our nations capital to cash a check” king refers to a bad check as blacks not getting their full rights. they don’t get what was promised to them in the declaration of independence. king states how 100 years later the negro is still not free and still experiences “ the flames of withering injustice.” he refers to the 100 years as the 100 anniversary of the signing of the emancipation proclamation signed by lincoln in 1963 which freed the slaves. king claims the bad check as having “insufficient funds” promised rights and justice.
in his opening statements, king addresses thats they have come to cash a bad check. what he is referring to is the promised right in the declaration of independence. blacks were supposed to be promised rights which were guaranteed in the declaration of independence. “all men yes all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” blacks were promised rights in the DOFI but these have yet to be realized . he states that america has defaulted on a promissory note. america has yet to acknowledge this fact and probably are reluctant to do it.
king also addresses the bad check as having “insufficient funds “ king refers to the insufficient funds as the lack of freedom and equality for blacks all across america. “ so we’ve come to cash this check check, a check that will give up upon the demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice” King feels that the insufficient funds is a problem and results in great social unbalance between whites and blacks throughout america. he feels that blacks should be given the same opportunities as their white counterparts. he also states that blacks refuse to believe the insufficient funds. “ we refuse to that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation”
king goes further by stating how he feels justice needs to be served in order to correct this bad check. “ now is the time to make justice a reality for all of god’s children, now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice” king feels that there is a “sweltering heat of injustice” in america, full of racial segregation and inequality. he states NOW is the time because blacks have waited to long to be acknowledged by whites and have the same things they can do.
in conclusion, king wants this bad check to be cashed so that whites and blacks can be one with each other and “dine together at the table of brotherhood” blacks will be have their rights that were promised to all men in the declaration of independence, get rid of the insufficient funds of the bad check and solve the injustice that has plaqued america for years. now is the time for equality, now is the time for equal opportunity and freedom. king has a dream for the future and wants to see his dream come to fruition.