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  • Avatar Image Meztli_Macy4 years, 5 months said ago:

    It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
    Paragraph 5 of “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.
    What does it mean, a “rude awakening?”

  • Avatar Image Timur4 years, 5 months said ago:

    Think of it as someone who is supposed to staying alert for guard duty or while driving a car. If they fall asleep, they will get a rude, meaning rough, awakening if they are awakened by the enemy attacking or by their car crashing. So King is saying that if the U.S. thinks that the civil rights movement is going to go away and they stop paying attention to injustice and racism, they will have a rude awakening in the form of continued revolt.