Welcome to History in English – Freedom Struggles Around the World, a blog by students from Espoon Yhteislyseo Upper Secondary School! We will travel through history from the United States of America to Europe and the Middle-East, and all the way to South-Africa, exploring topics such as slavery, civil rights movements, Nazi Germany, Apartheid and exploitation of indigenous people.

(c) English Teacher Anna Puhakka and History Teacher Antti Koskinen

Cry, freedom!

Martin Luther King Jr, August 28th, 1963, Lincoln Memorial Washington D.C.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!