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It was in the late Twentieth century when the Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum among the public. So King, being the leader-figure among the African-Americans, had the responsibility to motivate and inspire them in the right way. The African-Americans at times were deprived of their civil rights and it was a rigorous struggle for them to gain victory against then prevalent social inequality. The speech was given at a time when the followers of the Civil Rights Movement were becoming disappointed with the slow progress of the movement and were resorting to violence against King’s words. This was the reason for him to give motivational speeches, which would persuade the people to use non-violence in fighting against then prevalent racial inequalities.