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.

from Martin Luther King, Jr – I Have A Dream on Rap Genius

Meaning

King mentions Mississippi right after Georgia in this speech, and it wasn’t by accident. They were both heavily involved with slavery and racism. But he realizes that for this civil rights movement to truly achieve its goal, he has to win over its strongest opposers.

He also chooses Mississippi because it is actually an incredibly hot state. He uses some imagery to compare the actual Mississippi heat to the angry injustice that is also a part of the state.

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