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We’ll be discussing it on Twitter on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 8pm CT (that’s 9pm EST, 6pm PST and 3pm my Hawaiian time 🙂 )

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Start your answer to Q1 with A1, and include #TheKingsSpeech in your tweet so we can all see it as we follow the hashtag.

Let’s begin with the questions that I’ll be posting on Friday!

The King’s Speech: Questions for Discussion

Q1. Why does Bertie want his brother King Edward VIII to be king?

Q2. What do you think the turning point in the movie was?

Q3. Do you think there was really a psychological reason for Bertie’s stutter? If so, what was it?

Q4. Do you believe Logue’s theory that speech impediments come from some deep psychological pain? Why or why not?

Q5. How does Logue finally convince Bertie that he deserves to be heard because he’s a human being (and not because he’s a king)? What do you think the larger significance of this is?

Q6. Class played a large role in this story; do you think class played a bigger role than disability in this film? Why or why not?

Q7. How do you think “I have a voice” translates to the rest of us with disabilities?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is a group chat, so if there are other questions you’d like to have asked, please comment and I’ll be sure to add them!


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Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.

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Leadership Roles in The King’s Speech

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Named “Best Picture” by the Academy Awards, The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI — the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After the death of their father, the eldest brother ascends the throne as Edward VIII; yet he chooses to abdicate his title less than a year later. Torn between a fear of public speaking and a sense of obligation to lead his people, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the title of King of the United Kingdom.

Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie knows that the technology changes of the age will require him to make live national announcements via radio. After some crafty persuasion from his wife, he engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unusual vocal techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.

Our group (Alma, Ilona, Fatima, Hannah, and Rachael) watched this film to analyze the types of leadership roles it portrays. We found this movie especially interesting because the story is true: King George stepped up into his lead his country during the historically turbulent time at the outset of World War I, despite the extreme obstacles he faced. Here, we include a brief analysis of the differing leadership styles of four major characters in The King’s Speech .

1.     King George VI of England: A Reluctant Leader

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While not entirely unwilling to take upon his role as King of England, King George VI was not entirely excited about suddenly being thrust into the position. He took the role more out of duty than desire. His older brother chose to abdicate the throne after just a short time, in order to marry the woman he loved, who had previously been married (the monarch was not allowed to wed a divorcée). However, King George VI had a sense of duty to England, instilled by years of study and time serving in the Royal Navy.

His stutter was his greatest shame, and having to speak publicly was a cause of intense anxiety.  He knew when he accepted his role as King that he would be required to make speeches both live and via radio: a task that he did not look forward to performing. While throughout the movie, the King is characterized by reluctance—reluctance to work on his stutter, reluctance to discuss his childhood, reluctance to reign the Kingdom—he pulls through for his country in the end.

King George VI’s ability to properly deliver a live speech, under the pressure of having it broadcast all around the world, proved his true strength as a leader. To be able to verbally reach out to his people in every home at the beginning a second world war, with the whole country aware of his speech impediment, was a great inspiration for his countrymen.

     2.    Queen Elisabeth: An Inspiring leader

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Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) demonstrated her leadership through guidance. She inspired and motivated King George VI all his life time to high performance. While she did not originally want to be the wife of King, when the time came she assumed all of the responsibilities of a queen consort with dignity and grace.

Queen Elizabeth was in fact the one to seek out Lionel Logue’s help, when training from numerous other top speech therapists had failed. She encouraged her husband to see him, and to stick out the exercises even when his frustrations overwhelmed him. She balanced being a supportive wife with being a mother to their two daughters: one of which would grow up to be the queen who still rules today. When the King doubted himself, she was always right behind him nudging him forward. Without her form of inspiring leadership, history could have turned out very differently.

    3 .   King George V, Father of the King: An Authoritarian Leader

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Albert’s father, King George V, is shown less in the film, but his influence still plays a huge role in the events surrounding the royal family. In one of their sessions, Lionel diagnoses that his strictness and authoritarian behavior towards Albert from childhood turns out to be the main reason he developed his stammering.

His father wanted to see him perfect and groomed for the throne, but never encouraged him with positive reinforcement.  His disappointment in Albert’s speech disability does nothing to help him overcome it. His expectations were always set extremely high, and his communication style was always top-down within the hierarchy. He may have had good intentions, but his methods of leadership proved to be ineffective in the skewed transitions of power that occurred after his rule of the United Kingdom.

 4 .    Lionel Logue, Australian Speech Therapist: A Servant Leader

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Lionel Logue is an Australian speech therapist working in London who is hired by Albert’s wife in hopes that his unusual methods will help the Duke of York overcome his stammer. During their first session, Logue breaches royal etiquette and insists on calling his patient “Bertie,” a name used only by members of the royal family. This is an example of how Logue makes their relationship that of equals. When Albert decides Logue’s methods and manner are unsuitable, the Australian bets a shilling that Albert can recite Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” soliloquy without trouble while listening to loud music on headphones. Logue records his performance on a gramophone record; convinced he has stammered throughout, Albert leaves in a huff without listening to the recording, declaring his condition “hopeless” and dismissing Logue. Logue offers him the recording as a keepsake.

When Albert eventually listens to the record, he discovers out that he did not stammer at all when the loud music drowned out the sound of his own voice. Logue’s patience to let Albert discover this for himself was a wise move, one that convinced Albert to go back to him and continue the treatment. Throughout their sessions, Albert gets offended with his therapist on multiple occasions, but Logue always handles his outbursts intelligently. He treats the Duke just like any other patients, so much he didn’t even divulge it to his wife and sons.

His compassion and respect for Albert is evident throughout the film, which culminates in his first major announcement to the world on live airwaves — and Albert’s trust in his therapist is likewise evident. Logue is the only one to accompany him into the broadcasting studio, where he tells him right before the red light goes on, “Just read the speech like you’re saying it only to me.”

Logue’s character demonstrates all of the servant leadership qualities. He is a loyal leader who places Albert’s needs before his own benefits. He does not demand recognition or brag about his accomplishments; instead, he finds success in the success of his subject. From rolling the Duke around on the floor, to encouraging him to swear when he felt stuck on a word, Logue’s unorthodox leadership techniques eventually helped Albert to assert his power and find his own voice.

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I could write for hours about this film. I only just heard about it last night at a New Year’s Eve party. Saw it today. To use the vernacular, OMG. Director Tom Hooper has a masterpiece on his hands. Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, and Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill, all turn in excellent performances. Not to forget Guy Pearce as King Edward who abdicated his throne for an American divorcée. David Seidler’s script is brilliant. The story is laid out cleverly. The pace and rhythm are PERFECT.

I think this is one of the best films ever made. It will tear at your guts. And that is where Collin Firth comes in. Mr. Firth gives one of the most poignant and affective performances ever by a male movie star. Where, inside himself, an actor goes for a performance like this, is beyond my comprehension.

In the movie, “A Single Man”, Colin Firth served notice that he was an actor of depth and subtlety, the surface of which he had only just begun to scratch. Now, he’s more than scratched that surface. He’s gouged a chasm through it. He plays the tormented, soon to be King of England, George VI, and does so in a way that very early in the movie buries his hooks in you and doesn’t let go. I can not ever recall, while watching a film, having to choke back tears for over an hour and a half. The suffering portrayed by Firth as George VI is subtle at times. In your face at others. But painfully present always. When Firth bellows, “I am a King” I nearly lost it in a very quiet, and stunned, theater. If you’ve already seen this film you know what this refers to.

As an American I find the concept of a monarchy bewildering. Why is one person more privileged than another just because of the womb he or she sprang from? That being said, I do find the stories of those trapped in this anachronistic time warp fascinating at times. This would be one of those times. This film is the intersection of great personal pain, international upheaval, and a family that is ceremoniously dysfunctional to it’s core.

Above this chaos, confusion, and unrest, rises a weak shell of a man to greatness. Colin Firth is the vessel for that transformation and if he doesn’t win an Oscar for this performance it will tarnish the Academy forever in my humble opinion. This is the kind of performance, and film overall, that you leave thinking to yourself that you’ve just seen the greatest movie ever. Maybe later you’ll see another brilliant film and think that “this one” is the best ever, but for now “The King’s Speech” has no equal.

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The story behind "The King's Speech"

February 20, 2011 / 11:46 PM EST / CBS News

With 12 Oscar nominations, "The King's Speech" is among the most nominated films of all time. It's based on the true story of George VI, the father of the present queen of England. George VI was a man who, in the 1930s, desperately did not want to be king. He was afflicted nearly all his life by a crippling stammer which stood to rob Britain of a commanding voice at the very moment that Hitler rose to threaten Europe.

"The King's Speech" came, seemingly out of nowhere to become the film to beat on Oscar night. And Colin Firth is now the odds-on favorite to win best actor for his critically acclaimed portrayal of George VI.

The hidden letters behind "The King's Speech" What's it like to hold history in your hands? Scott Pelley had that chance, reporting on the Oscar-nominated film "The King's Speech." Hear from Colin Firth and Mark Logue, whose grandfather's friendship with a king made history.

Segment: "The King's Speech Extra: The real King George Extra: Colin Firth, King and Queen Extra: Firth's Oscar-nominated roles Extra: Firth's "bland" looks Pictures: Colin Firth on "60 Minutes"

When correspondent Scott Pelley asked Firth if he liked being king, Firth said, "I think it's hard to think of anything worse, really. I mean, I wouldn't change places with this man. And I would be very surprised if anybody watching the film would change places with this man."

"It's a perfect storm of catastrophic misfortunes for a man who does not want the limelight, who does not want to be heard publicly, who does not want to expose this humiliating impediment that he's spent his life battling," Firth explained. "He's actually fighting his own private war. He'd rather have been facing machine gun fire than have to face the microphone."

The microphone hung like a noose for the king, who was a stutterer from the age of 8. He was never meant to be king. But in 1936 his older brother gave up the throne to marry Wallace Simpson, a divorced American. Suddenly George VI and his wife Elizabeth reigned over an empire that was home to 25 percent of the world's population.

And like the George of over 1,000 years before, he had a dragon to slay: radio.

"When I looked at images of him or I listened to him, you do see that physical struggle," Firth said of the king's public speeches. "His eyes close, and you see him try to gather himself. And it's heartbreaking."

Among those listening was a 7-yr.-old British boy who, like the king, had a wealth of words but could not get them out.

"I was a profound stutterer. I started stuttering just before my third birthday. I didn't rid myself of it until I was 16. But my parents would encourage me to listen to the king's speeches during the war. And I thought, 'Wow if he can do that, there is hope for me.' So he became my childhood hero," David Seidler, who wrote the movie, told Pelley.

Seidler had grown up with the story, but he didn't want to tell the tale until he had permission from the late king's widow, known as The Queen Mother.

Seidler had sent a letter to her. "And finally, an answer came and it said, 'Dear Mr. Seidler, please, not during my lifetime the memory of these events is still too painful.' If the Queen Mum says wait to an Englishman, an Englishman waits. But, I didn't think I'd have to wait that long," he explained.

Asked why, Seidler said, "Well, she was a very elderly lady. Twenty five years later, just shy of her 102nd birthday, she finally left this realm."

After the Queen Mother's death in 2002, Seidler went to work. He found the theme of the story in the clash between his royal highness and an Australian commoner who became the king's salvation, an unknown speech therapist named Lionel Logue.

"The words that keep coming up when you hear about Lionel Logue are 'charisma' and 'confidence.' He would never say, 'I can fix your stuttering.' He would say, 'You can get a handle on your stuttering. I know you can succeed,'" Seidler said.

Geoffrey Rush plays Logue, an unorthodox therapist and a royal pain.

They say you can't make this stuff up, and in much of the film that's true. Seidler could not have imagined his work would lead to a discovery that would rewrite history. Researchers for the film tracked down Lionel Logue's grandson Mark, because the movie needed family photos to get the clothing right.

Mark Logue not only had pictures, he also had some diaries.

Produced by Ruth Streeter His grandfather's diaries were up in the attic in boxes that the family had nearly forgotten. When Logue hauled them down for the movie, he discovered more than 100 letters between the therapist and his king.

"'My dear Logue, thank you so much for sending me the books for my birthday, which are most acceptable.' That's so British isn't it. 'Yours very sincerely, Albert,'" Logue read from one of the letters.

"As you read through all these letters between your grandfather and the king, what did it tell you about the relationship between these two men?" Pelley asked.

"It's not the relationship between a doctor and his patient, it's a relationship between friends," Logue said.

We met Logue at the same address where his grandfather treated the king. And among the hundreds of pages of documents were Logue's first observations of George VI.

"Probably the most startling thing was the king's appointment card," Logue told Pelley. "It described in detail the king's stammer, which we hadn't seen anywhere else. And it also described in detail the intensity with the appointments."

The king saw Lionel Logue every day for an hour, including weekends.

"You know, he was so committed. I think he decided 'This is it. I have to overcome this stammer, and this is my chance,'" Mark Logue told Pelley.

In the film, the king throws himself into crazy therapies. But in truth, Logue didn't record his methods. The scenes are based on Seidler's experience and ideas of the actors.

"We threw in stuff that we knew. I mean, somebody had told me that the only way to release that muscle," actor Geoffrey Rush said of one of the speech exercises he did in the movie. "And of course, little did I realize that the particular lens they were using on that shot made me look like a Galapagos tortoise."

While the treatments spring from imagination, the actors read Logue's diaries and letters to bring realism to everything else.

"The line at the end, I found reading the diaries in bed one night, 'cause this is what I used to do every night, when Logue says 'You still stammered on the 'W'," Firth said.

The line was used in the movie.

"It shows that these men had a sense of humor. It showed that there was wit. It showed there was self mockery and it just showed a kind of buoyancy of spirit between them. The fact that he spoke on a desk standing upright in this little hidden room is something we found in the diaries as well," Firth told Pelley.

"In reality he had to stand up to speak, he had to have the window open," Firth said. "And he had to have his jacket off."

"And that wonderful, specific little eccentric observation that came from reality," Firth added.

One of the most remarkable things to come out of the Logue attic was a copy of what maybe the most important speech the king ever made - the speech that gave the movie its name. This was the moment when King George VI had to tell his people that for the second time in a generation they were at war with Germany. The stakes were enormous. The leader of the empire could not stumble over these words.

Mark Logue has the original copy of "the speech," typed out on Buckingham Palace stationary.

"What are all of these marks? All these vertical lines? What do they mean?" Pelley asked, looking over the documents.

"They're deliberate pauses so that the king would be able to sort of attack the next word without hesitation," Logue said. "He's replacing some words, he's crossing them out and suggesting another word that the King would find easier to pronounce."

"Here's a line that he's changed, 'We've tried to find a peaceful way out of the differences between my government.' He's changed that from, 'my government,' to, 'the differences between ourselves and those who would be our enemies,'" Pelley said.

"You know, I'm curious. Have either of you snuck into a theater and watched the film with a regular audience?" Pelley asked Firth and Rush.

"No, the only time I've ever snuck in to watch my own film I got quite nervous about it, because I just thought it be embarrassing to be seen doing that, so I pulled my collar up, and the hat down, over my eyes, and you know, snuck in as if I was going into a porn cinema, or something and went up the stairs, crept in, sidled in, to sit at the back, and I was the only person in the cinema. That's how well the film was doing," Firth remembered.

Now, it's a lot harder for Firth to go unnoticed. Recently he was immortalized with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and brought along his Italian wife Livia.

They've been married 14 years and have two sons. With "The King's Speech," we realized Firth is one of the most familiar actors that we know almost nothing about. So we took him back to his home town Alresford in Hampshire, outside London. He's the son of college professors, but Firth dropped out of high school to go to acting school.

"But you don't have a Hampshire accent," Pelley pointed out.

"No. My accent has changed over the years, as a matter of survival. So until I was about 10, 'I used to talk like that,'" Firth replied, mimicking the local accent. "I remember it might have been on this street, actually, where I think the conversation went something like, 'Oy, you want to fight?' And I said, 'No, I don't.' 'Why not?' 'Well, 'cause you'll win.' 'No, I won't.' 'Well, will I win then?' 'Well, you might not.' And so, you know, we went trying to process the logic. And I thought, 'Have we dealt with it now?"

"Do we still have to fight?" Pelley asked.

"Do we actually have to do the practical now? We've done the theory," Firth replied.

He wanted us to see his first stage. It turned out to be the yard of his elementary school where he told stories from his own imagination.

"And at lunch times on the field up here, the crowd would gather and demand the story. They'd all sit 'round and say, 'No, we want the next bit,'" Firth remembered.

Firth told Pelley he found his calling for acting at the age of 14.

Asked what happened then, he told Pelley, "I used to go to drama classes up the road here on Saturday mornings. And one day I just had this epiphany. It was I can do this. I want to do this."

He has done 42 films in 26 years, most of them the polar opposite of "The King's Speech," like "Mamma Mia!"

"How hard was it to get you to do the scene for the closing credits?" Pelley asked, referring to Firth doing a musical number in an outrageous, Abba-inspired outfit.

"I think that's the reason I did the film," Firth joked.

"You have no shame?" Pelley asked.

"I'm sorry. That's if one thing has come out of '60 Minutes' here, it's we have discovered, we've unveiled the fact that Colin Firth has no shame. I am such a drag queen. It's one of my primary driving forces in life. If you cannot dangle a spandex suit and a little bit of mascara in front of me and not just have me go weak at the knees," Firth joked.

From queen to king, Firth is an actor of amazing range who now has his best shot at this first Oscar.

Like George VI himself, this movie wasn't meant to be king. "The King's Speech" was made for under $15 million. But now the movie, the director, the screenwriter David Seidler, who made it happen, and all the principal actors are in the running for Academy Awards. It would be Geoffrey Rush's second Oscar.

"What advice to you have for this man who may very likely win the Oscar this year?" Pelley asked Rush.

"Well enjoy it. It isn't the end of anything because you will go on and do a couple more flops probably, you might even sneak into another film in which no one is in the house," Rush joked.

But on Oscar night, stammering King George may have the last word. A lot of movies are based on true stories. But "The King's Speech" has reclaimed history.

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The King's Speech Introduction Introduction

Release Year:  2010

Genre: Biography, Drama

Director:  Tom Hooper

Writer: David Seidler

Stars:  Colin Firth , Geoffrey Rush , Helena Bonham Carter

This movie was destined to be a smash hit. After all, it brings together all the greatest dramatic elements: a world war, a reluctant king, and a speech impediment.

Wait, what was that last one?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen: The King's Speech is the preeminent movie about stuttering and speech therapy. Does that sound like a boring slog, or something that would have you nodding off into your bucket of extra buttery popcorn?

But The King's Speech is a movie about stuttering in the way that, say, Good Will Hunting is a movie about petty crime, or Cast Away is a movie about tropical islands, or The Shawshank Redemption is a movie about the legal system. Basically, the King's speech (impediment) is a challenge to be overcome… much like a life of petty crime for Will Hunting, a claustrophobic tropical key for Chuck Noland, or false imprisonment for Andy Dufresne.

Except for once crucial difference: King George VI is the King of England at the dawn of WWII, and his voice and inspirational speeches can spell the difference between high morale and a complete lack of faith in fighting for England against the Nazis. 

To paraphrase Will Hunting , "How do you like them high stakes?"

So ol' George (or Bertie to his friends) seeks the advice of Lionel Logue, a lovable weirdo who helps him erode his stuttering problem even as the biggest conflict of the 20th century is kicking into high gear.

This isn't your grandma's historical movie, either. (Even though your grandma probably thinks Colin Firth is dreamy.) Instead of creating a sweeping epic in glorious Technicolor, director Tom Hooper created a movie about the tortured psychology of one of the most famous men of the 20th century. It takes place mostly in the musty garret of an underemployed speech therapist...not in grand ballrooms. It's darkly lit...not filled with lush period piece panoramas. In short, it's a totally surprising take on a pretty established genre.

What The King's Speech does to historical drama is as out-of-left-field as a rom-com set in the Pentagon or a sci-fi epic set in Urban Outfitters.

But, hey, Tom Hooper's bizarre, intimate vision worked. This movie swept the 2011 Academy Awards, nabbing not only the Best Picture statuette but also little gold men for Colin Firth, Tom Hooper, and screenwriter David Seidler.

Oh, and the best part? This story of perseverance, kingly duty, fast friendship and the threat of the Nazis is based on a 100% true story. Although the film took a few liberties with the subject matter (speech therapist Logue probably never had the cojones to sit on St. Edward's Chair, for example), the story is basically lifted straight from the history books. 

So yeah, hold tight to those clichés about truth being stranger than fiction.

Why Should I Care?

We're going to take a stab at being a fortuneteller: when we look within the swirling depths of our crystal ball, we see into your innermost soul. And what do we see? Crippling insecurity.

No, we're not actually psychics. And we're not being mean, either. We're just giving you one of the fundamental truths about humanity: whoever you are—prince or pauper, Kylie Jenner or a girl who thinks she might as well be invisible—you feel insecure. That's just the way it is. (At least until you become a senior citizen: those Early Bird Special eaters seem to have an abundance of self-confidence.)

But that's the beauty of The King's Speech : it deals with that brutal life truth.

The King of England is just as insecure as the rest of us. It's not always good to be king. It requires more than just lookin' good in a fancy hat—in King George VI's case, you have to give speeches that rally an entire nation/empire against the threat of Nazi world domination. And when you're stuck with a stutter as a result on childhood trauma, making it through those speeches sounds more insurmountable than Mt. Everest.

Don't be fooled: The King's Speech isn't a feel good, saccharine movie. This is, after all, based on a completely true story. We don't see King George miraculously cured through The Power Of Hard Work or The Magic Of Friendship. We see him sweat, get angry, swear more than a sailor on shore leave, give up, get back in the speech therapy saddle, and swear some more. In short: we see him work.

We're not usually ones for spoilers, but we're going to give something away here: George isn't ever actually cured of his stutter. Instead, he learns to give speeches through his stutter. And the result is more inspirational than any thousand "Hang In There" posters: the for-real King George VI gave dozens of for-real speeches during for-real WWII… and he was beloved for it, occasional stutter and all.

Oh yeah—and King George entered into a lifelong friendship with his speech therapist. Yeah: a king (and his wife, the dang queen ) became best buds with a lower-class nobody because that selfsame nobody lent the king a friendly ear—along with some elocution lessons—at a time when nobody else would.

So do yourself a favor. The next time you're feeling alone in the vast universe of your own insecurity, wrap yourself in a blanket and watch The King's Speech. We guarantee it: after you're done watching, you'll want to go out do whatever you thought you couldn't manage before. Learn German. Write a novel. Take a chance on love. Wear a crop top. Buzz your head.

Because if King George can overcome four decades of self-loathing and make a rousing wartime speech, you can do anything. (Except fly. You can't fly. Don't try it.)

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George VI during the 1940s

"The King's Speech" is a 2010 dramatic biographical film, recounting the friendship between King George VI of England and his Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue. The film also covers Edward VIII's 1936 abdication, and George VI's subsequent coronation and shouldering of responsibility during World War II. George VI ultimately must conquer his stammer to assist and guide Britain during the war.

As a film, "The King's Speech" takes a few liberties with the historical timeline and in regards to simplifying certain characters. One element historians took particular umbrage with was the depiction of Winston Churchill . However, overall it is fairly faithful to the historical record. For one thing, George VI really did have a speech impediment since the age of eight, and Lionel Logue did work with him for several years. They did stay friends until they both died. Certain scenes, such as George VI's coronation, were praised for their accurate recapturing of the feel of the 1930s.

The main concept the film changed was simply adding drama to certain scenes, such as the speech announcing war with Germany towards the end. It also condensed the historical timeline significantly, shortening events. This was mostly done for the sake of keeping the narrative moving. Overall, however, " The King's Speech " is a fairly accurate, heartwarming rendering of George VI and Lionel Logue's friendship.

Prince Albert had a stutter as a child

Prince Albert, later George VI, developed a stutter when he was eight that he carried through to his early adult life. His parents were not terribly affectionate with him, and he was susceptible to tears and tantrums – traits he also carried through his adult years, writes Biography . Given that many of his public duties required speeches, Albert needed to – and worked tirelessly – to fix his stammer with multiple doctors and therapists, writes Stuttering Help . He wasn't successful with any speech therapies until he worked with elocutionist and informal speech therapist Lionel Logue, beginning in the 1920s.

When Logue saw the then-Duke of York give a speech, he said to his son, "He's too old for me to manage a complete cure. But I could very nearly do it. I'm sure of that." (via Stuttering Help ). He was right, and his positive attitude helped the duke recover from previous failures that had made him believe the problem caused him to be mentally deficient instead of simply physically injured. Despite how long they worked together, the duke's speech issues had more to do with how held his jaw and pronounced words; the result was that his stammer was mainly cleared up in a matter of months as opposed to years.

Lionel Logue was a self-taught speech therapist

Lionel Logue was an Australian speech therapist who, not being formally trained, used methods he had discovered and created on his own. He worked as an elocutionist first, but fell into helping Australian World War I veterans with speech defects, writes The ASHA Leader . No one else was doing what he was with the veterans, and speech therapy and audiology programs didn't even get off the ground until the 1940s (via UNC Health Sciences Library ). Logue was even a founder of the College of Speech Therapists.

Just before World War I, Logue worked a variety of jobs as a teacher of elocution and drama, theater manager, and reciter of Shakespeare and Dickens (via Speech Language Therapy's Caroline Bowen, a speech language pathologist ). Logue worked with patients on their speech, but also on confidence and the self-belief that they could accomplish what they set out to do. He was empathetic with his patients, and learned from each case he worked on. Logue originally tried out as an actor, and as a result, his manner was somewhere between a teacher and an artist. He was serious about his life's work and resolved to avoid cheapening it by writing a book about his efforts with the king.

Logue began working with Prince Albert in 1926

Elizabeth, the Duchess of York, first encouraged her husband to work with Lionel Logue, though the meeting as depicted in the film between Elizabeth and Logue likely didn't happen (via Logue and Conradi's "The King's Speech" ). Logue thus began working with the Duke of York in October 1926, soon after he opened his London practice on Harley Street. Logue first diagnosed the Duke with, according to CNN , acute nervous tension and the habit of closing the throat, which caused him to clip words out.

Logue met with him daily for the next two or three months (in advance of a visit to Australia), and his stammer was gone (for the most part) within that time frame; it didn't take years of treatment (via Speech Language Therapy ). Unlike in the film, in reality, the Duke and Logue weren't necessarily aiming for complete fluency. However, they did continue to work together for the next two decades, mainly on the royal's speeches.

Logue worked with Albert for over 15 years

Though the film condenses the timeline to make it seem as though everything takes place over just a few years, Logue and Albert worked together for decades (via CNN ). "The King's Speech" begins in 1925 with the close of the British Empire Exhibition, which would be historically accurate, but time simply speeds by until the film depicts the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 and later the outbreak of war in 1939 in just a few hours; it doesn't really feel as though a decade and a half have passed.

Regardless, Logue and the duke worked together on speeches even after the duke had mostly mastered his stammer. Lionel Logue's methods were unorthodox and primarily self-taught. He never specifically said what course of treatment he worked on with the duke, saying, according to The ASHA Leader : "...on the matter of Speech Defects, when so much depends on the temperament and individuality, a case can always be produced that can prove you are wrong. That is why I won't write a book." Much of the ideas for the therapy sessions depicted in the film come from Logue's diaries (though plenty of the dialogue was invented), which were inherited by his grandson Mark. They were used in the film, though the director only saw them late in the film's production.

Any sort of therapy is inherently individual, not to mention personal (via Psychiatric Times ). It's no wonder that Logue decided to avoid writing about his work.

Wallis Simpson was a more complex person than the film indicates

King Edward VIII was crowned in January 1936 and abdicated in December of the same year in order to marry Wallis Simpson , who had been twice divorced (via History ). His younger brother was proclaimed king the next day. The film is sympathetic to George VI and Elizabeth, and Wallis Simpson is cast as a vaguely Nazi-supporting villain; there is little depth to her character. However, her life and motivations were shrouded in rumors from the British upper classes and the media.

The upper classes, who learned about the Edward-Wallis romance before the British media, in particular saw her as an uncouth American divorcee, and had a hard time figuring out why Edward wanted to be with her. When the media did find out, in December 1936, she was both ruined and revered by them, according to History Extra . However, after moving overseas more-or-less permanently she faded from the spotlight. Her unfortunate reputation from the nobles stuck with her.

Ultimately, George VI didn't allow his brother and sister-in-law, who had moved to France, to be productive for the royal family; they asked multiple times for jobs and were denied (via History Extra ). Awful rumors followed Wallis Simpson even past her death in the 1980s, including one that stated she would do anything to become queen of England. Though it's clear both on and off screen that she and Elizabeth disliked each other, Wallis was more than a king-stealing villain.

Churchill was actually opposed to Edward VIII's abdication

One major element of the film that historians had trouble with is Churchill's abrupt support of George VI, writes Daily History . In real life, he encouraged Edward VIII not to abdicate in 1936, and remained a supporter of the royal, believing something could be worked out without having to resort to abdication. George VI and Elizabeth didn't fully support Churchill later in life due to his actions during the abdication. However, Churchill was later knighted by Elizabeth II (via Biography ).

This element is likely written as such for the film due to the writers having a hard time writing someone as beloved as Churchill with actual flaws. The writers of "Saving Mr. Banks" had a similar issue with Walt Disney and his flaws. As a result, it is one of the only concrete historical aspects that left historians scratching their heads in confusion. Everything else that is changed in the film is mainly done for the sake of adaptation, drama, and the good of the narrative. This change seems to be for the sake of preserving Churchill's reputation. Considering the film's lead-up of events to World War II, and Churchill's role in Britain's survival, it isn't that surprising.

King George VI's coronation was less fraught than the film depicts

Logue worked with George VI on his coronation speech in 1937. Five days afterward, the king wrote a heartfelt thank you letter for the assistance (via Tatler ), attributing the success to Logue's "expert supervision and unfailing patience." Just as in the film, Logue and his wife are seated in the royal box, so high up that Myrtle Logue needed to use opera glasses in order to see, writes CNN .

However, by this time, the king had mostly mastered his speech impediment, and the dramatic scene in the film with Logue and St. Edward's chair is likely fictional. It was written for the sake of the narrative of George VI realizing he does have a voice. Reality isn't necessarily so cinematic, and after weeks of working on the speech with Logue, George VI delivered it flawlessly. Regardless, according to Daily History , the film accurately conveys the atmosphere of the 1930s and the coronation of a new king. In reality, the king and Logue likely didn't have the same miscommunication as they do in the film, and it is doubly heartwarming that Logue and his wife were seated with the royal family, just because of the services Logue had rendered the new king.

Logue was more deferential to his royal patient

Geoffrey Rush's portrayal is much more animated than Logue likely was in reality. Logue certainly addressed Prince Albert respectfully, and the scenes of swearing in Logue's office are likely invented. Logue also never referred to the prince by a nickname, much less one used exclusively by the family. They were friends in real life, but their relationship was more realistically distant.

According to CNN , the letters Logue wrote to the king are addressed to "Your Royal Highness". On the other hand, the king signed his letters with his first name, indicating a measure of friendship between the two men. Logue also apparently allowed George VI to set treatment goals due to his position. Though they did end up being friends, Logue never forgot who exactly his patient was, and treated him accordingly (via Daily History ). Historical films always add heart-to-heart speeches between people which probably never actually happened but work for the sake of drama and the narrative. "The King's Speech" is no exception.

The speech announcing war with Germany was less dramatic

Lionel Logue further assisted George VI during the 1939 speech when he announced Britain was at war with Germany. However, Logue wasn't actually in the room with him, as the film depicts, and only wrote notes on places for the king to pause to collect himself when speaking or on which words to stress, according to CNN . Keep in mind that by this point in time, 13 years after meeting Logue, the king had essentially mastered his stammer. George VI also stood to give the speech, though photographs show him in full military uniform and sitting down.

Lionel Logue's diaries also answered a previously unknown question about the speech that was added to the film. George VI stammered on some of the W's in the speech, and according to a comment he made to Logue, it was so the people would recognize him, writes CNN .

The film turns the event into a climactic event, as a culmination of the years of work the king and Logue have put into his affliction – and which the audience has just watched on screen for the past two hours. Also, though it is unlikely the information was revealed at this exact time in real life, the character of Winston Churchill tells the king just before this speech that he, too, was a stammerer as a child, writes The Lancet . This element is true, though it is positioned for the sake of cinematic drama.

George and Logue's friendship didn't fracture over credentials

In the film, coronation preparations pause when the archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Lang, mentions that Logue doesn't have any formal training. Not having known this beforehand, George VI becomes outraged and only calms after Logue provokes him into speaking without stammering, causing him to realize that he actually can speak accurately. This entire element is invented for the film, presumably for the sake of drama (and humor).

By this point, the two men had known each other for over a decade and were friends. Though their relationship was primarily professional, in scouting out Logue's help, the king must have understood his credentials and it didn't bother him; after all, he worked with Logue, voluntarily, for decades (via Daily History ). Logue's formality likely kept their friendship professional enough that they probably had few personal disagreements.

Logue and the king wrote letters back and forth for years; the earlier letters were signed "Albert" and the later letters "George" by the king, according to CNN , indicating a measure of friendship that was likely meted out to few people. When Logue asked the king in 1948 if he would serve as patron of the College of Speech Therapists, George VI immediately agreed and it became known as the Royal College of Speech Therapy, writes The ASHA Leader .

The film has an obvious pro-George VI bias

Due to being written from a historical perspective, "The King's Speech" supports George VI, Logue, Elizabeth, and even Winston Churchill as characters and historical figures much more than it does George V, Edward VIII, or Wallis Simpson. The film has an agenda and a narrative it set out to tell: the story of how George VI overcame his stammer and led a nation successfully through a war.

According to The Gazette , the film's textual inclusion of Logue's appointment as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order is accurate. The king appreciated his services enough to reward him with a title for them, and this element certainly adds to the theme of friendship the film is so fond of.

In another interesting example of bias, however, the film omits Edward VIII's Nazi sympathies entirely, though Simpson is written to seem like an outsider to the royals. This was likely done for the sake of Edward's surviving family, though it was a slightly odd omission considering the context of the film. Edward isn't cast as a villain, however, he doesn't quite seem to realize what he's forcing his brother to step into. Though he immediately supports George, Edward doesn't seem to comprehend the royal family's – and the film's – endless demand of duty.


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Discussion questions for The King’s Speech

1) What are your first impressions of the film? First impressions aren’t considered conclusions; they’re what you’re left thinking of in the moments after the film ends.

2) Contrast the brothers, David and Albert. How are they similar; in what do they differ and why? Which attracts you more and why?

3) Contrast Albert and Lionel. Aside from their professional relationship, what do you think attracted them to one another? Was theirs, in your opinion, an unlikely friendship?

4) What visual images from the film stand out most strongly in your mind? Lionel is shown most often against an inviting backdrop–a fireplace or a chair—while Albert is shown more often in space—in a large room or in front of a blank wall.  How does this influence the way you feel about each character?

5) While he never pretends to be a medical doctor, Lionel makes no effort in the film to make sure Albert knows he isn’t one, which leads to an embarrassing moment later. In your opinion is this less than honest and worthy of criticism? Or is Lionel the victim of society’s overemphasis on credentials?

6) David also gave a famous speech—his announcement that he has stepped down as king—that isn’t heard in this film. It includes these words:

“You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for twenty-five years tried to serve. But you must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love. And I want you to know that the decision I have made has been mine and mine alone. This was a thing I had to judge entirely for myself. The other person most nearly concerned has tried up to the last to persuade me to take a different course. I have made this, the most serious decision of my life, only upon the single thought of what would, in the end, be best for all.”

Discuss this quote. Do you admire David’s decision to abdicate? If so, why? If not, why not?

7) There were many objections to David’s marriage to Wallis Simpson—social, political, and moral—but only one with legal grounding. Mrs. Simpson’s first divorce was not recognized by the Anglican Church and, therefore, might not have been considered legal in a British court. So David in marrying her might have been guilty of bigamy. Do you think David should have been allowed to marry her and continue as king? Defend your answer.

8) Define freedom. How would Albert, Lionel, and David define it? (That’s 3 more definitions, not one shared.)

9) In one of the film’s pivotal moments, Lionel, deliberately goading Albert to anger, asks “Why should I listen to you?” Discuss Albert’s reply: “Because I have a voice!” 

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In keeping with tradition, he outlined the priorities of the prime minister at the opening of Parliament — including, this year, more fossil fuel extraction.

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King Charles III Opens Parliament For the First Time as Monarch

King charles outlined the british government’s legislative priorities during his opening address of parliament..

My lords, pray be seated. My lords and members of the House of Commons, it is mindful of a legacy of service and devotion to this country set by my beloved mother, the late queen, that I deliver this, the first “King’s Speech” in over 70 years. The impact of Covid and the war in Ukraine have created significant long-term challenges for the United Kingdom. That is why my government’s priority is to make the difficult, but necessary, long-term decisions to change this country for the better.

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For a lifelong supporter of environmental causes, a plan to expand oil and gas drilling in the North Sea was probably not what King Charles III had hoped to announce when he opened Britain’s Parliament for the first time as monarch.

But on Tuesday the new king outlined this and 20 of the government’s other legislative priorities in a tradition-steeped ceremony that required a display of the deadpan political neutrality for which his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was famous.

Drafted by the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, but delivered by King Charles, the centerpiece speech is a constitutional oddity — and one with a particular twist this year, as the new sovereign read out a list of government bills that included policies likely to be sharply at variance with his personal views.

Among those were Mr. Sunak’s plan to exploit more of Britain’s oil and gas reserves in the North Sea. Although the Conservative government argues that it will still meet its targets for Britain to become a net-zero emitter of carbon dioxide by 2050, the decision to license more fossil fuel extraction has angered campaigners against climate change — a cause close to the king’s heart for decades.

King Charles made his first major speech about the environment in 1970, at age 21, and in recent years has been an increasingly vocal advocate for climate action. In a speech in France in September, he urged the world to “strive together to protect the world from our most existential challenge of all : that of global warming, climate change and the catastrophic destruction of nature.”

Still, wearing the heavy, jewel-encrusted Imperial State Crown and seated on a throne, King Charles on Tuesday showed the poker face expected of a British monarch as he delivered the “King’s Speech,” an occasion famous less for politics than for protocol, elaborate royal regalia and intricate choreography.

As he announced that one of the government’s bills “will support the future licensing of new oil and gas fields,” his expression betrayed little emotion.

The sovereign’s speech at the state opening of Parliament “is an oddity we have kept because the ceremonial is part of the monarchy — but the speech itself is just the government setting out its policies. That’s where the weirdness originates,” said Catherine Haddon, program director at the Institute for Government, an independent think tank.

The monarchy’s commitment to political neutrality was consolidated during Elizabeth’s reign, and “everything we have seen suggests that Charles is looking to show continuity,” Ms. Haddon said.

Although this was the first such speech delivered by a king in seven decades, the pomp and pageantry followed a practiced routine. Traveling in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by his wife and queen, Camilla, the king arrived at Parliament to fanfare, then followed the same route within the building to the chamber of the House of Lords that was first taken by Queen Victoria in the mid 19th century.

King Charles paid a brief tribute to his mother as he began reading the 10-minute speech.

The government had already confirmed that its legislative plans included offering oil and gas licensing rounds each year, as opposed to the current system where they take place periodically.

Rishi Sunak and Jon Butterworth walking outside together.

The Conservatives, trailing badly in the opinion polls, want to set up a political dividing line with the opposition Labour Party, which has said that it would honor licenses in the North Sea but not grant any new ones if it wins power.

On Monday Downing Street said it saw no contradiction between its proposal and the climate change goals championed by the king. Using British energy resources would allow net zero targets to be achieved in a “pragmatic way that doesn’t burden hard-working families,” Mr. Sunak’s official spokesman said.

This is likely to be the last King’s Speech before the next general election, which must be held by January 2025, and analysts believe the government’s policies are aimed at cementing its core right-wing constituency .

Mr. Sunak’s rethinking of climate policy followed his party’s success in a special election for a London parliamentary seat this summer after it campaigned against a measure that charges people more to drive older, more polluting, cars.

The unexpected victory prompted Mr. Sunak to weaken several environmental measures in September when he said he would delay a ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel cars and would also lower targets for replacing gas boilers.

On Tuesday the government announced legislation on crime that aims to ensure that offenders of the most serious offenses will stay in prison for longer and be forced to face their victims in court. It also unveiled legislation to implement a gradual ban on smoking, promised in an earlier speech by Mr. Sunak. Under the proposal it would be illegal to sell cigarettes to those born after January 2009.

Though the Labour Party approves of some of the measures announced on Tuesday, its leader, Keir Starmer, told Parliament that the Conservatives “are not even pretending to govern anymore, they’ve given up on any sense of service: They see our country’s problems as something to be exploited, not solved.”

Some Britons are still getting accustomed to the idea of a king delivering a speech that, during her seven-decade reign, was read on 67 occasions by Queen Elizabeth. King Charles was deputized for his mother in May 2022 when she was unable to attend because of her failing health, and read what was known then as the Queen’s Speech.

Elizabeth spent a lifetime observing political neutrality, rarely revealing her personal thoughts on any issue of contention.

But even she could not avoid speculation about her views. When she read the Queen’s Speech in 2017 but did not wear her crown, there were questions about whether the colors of her hat — blue embroidered with a pattern of yellow flowers that to some resembled the European Union flag — were a statement about Brexit .

Last week Buckingham Palace said King Charles would give an opening address at the COP 28 climate meeting, which begins later this month in Dubai. But Ms. Haddon said that the fact that his views on climate change are so well known could make the king more scrupulous in appearing neutral.

Established in the late 14th century, the state opening marks the beginning of the parliamentary year. The modern ceremony dates to 1852, when a rebuilt Parliament reopened after a fire.

Early in her reign, Queen Victoria attended the state opening regularly, but that lapsed by the end of her time on the throne, when she often resisted requests from prime ministers to appear in person.

Her relations with the politicians of the day were not always harmonious, particularly with William Gladstone, a prime minister who, she complained, “speaks to me as if I were a public meeting.” (In contrast, Benjamin Disraeli, a rival who also served as prime minister, flattered and charmed the queen.)

Her successor, King Edward VII, revived the state opening as a ceremonial occasion, including a procession in the state coach through the streets of London. More than a century later, Tuesday’s event followed a similar pattern with a few modern additions, including the presence of anti-monarchy protesters assembled along the route taken by the king’s carriage — to whom Charles waved, calmly.

Stephen Castle is London correspondent, writing widely about Britain, including the country’s politics and relationship with Europe. More about Stephen Castle

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I Have A Dream Summary And Important Questions

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I Have A Dream

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I Have A Dream Summary

“I have a dream” is a historical speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr., who is renowned all over the world for his policy of passive resistance and oratorical skills.

The campaign of Martin Luther King against color and racial discrimination began in 1950. It reached its historic climax in 1963, leading a mass of two hundred thousand people both blacks and whites from Washington Monument to Lincoln’s memorial. He delivered this memorable speech on 28 August 1963.

Martin Luther King begins his speech paying tribute to Abraham Lincoln, who signed the emancipation proclamation 100 years ago. This historical document has brought a light of hope among the negro slaves ending a long night of captivity. They had hoped that they would be free and that they would not be discriminated anymore. But a hundred years after the document has been signed; the Negros were still not free. They were still crippled by the chains of discrimination and manacles of segregation and still compelled to live a miserable life among wealthy white Americans. They were still compelled to live as an outsider in their own country.

So Martin Luther King says that they have gathered at the capital of the nation to cash check. When the leaders of the USA wrote the words of the constitution, they were signing a promissory note, but instead of granting the Negros the right promised by the constitution, the government of the USA has given a bad check.

Martin Luther King is not ready to believe that the bank of the USA is bankrupt, so he urges the government to fulfill the demands of all the negros without any delay. Failing to meet their requirements would be fatal for the nation. There will be neither peace nor rest in the nation until their rights are granted.

Martin Luther King reminds his people that they should not carry out any violent activities in the course of the protest. Martin wants to conduct the struggle in discipline and dignified way combining their physical force with the spiritual one. He also, asks his people not to distrust all the white people because some of the whites have been helping the negros to get equal rights. They cannot move alone as their destiny has been tied with that of the whites.

Answering a question, “When the negros will be satisfied, he says that they will not be satisfied?” He says that they will not be satisfied as long as the police continue brutality against them, they are deprived of getting rest at the hotels of the cities and motels of the highways, are deprived of their voting rights, equality, justice, and freedom. With the hope that their situation will be changed one day, he asks his people to go back to their respective places and work for the change.

In spite, of the difficulties and frustration of the movement, he has a dream that is deeply rooted in the American dream. He has a dream that the nation will be able to live according to the creed that all men are treated equally. He has a dream that the sons of farmers, slaves and those of the masters will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. He has a dream that his four children will be treated not in terms of the color of the skin but in terms of the content of their character. He has a dream that the black boys and girls will be able to walk together with white boys and girls as brothers and sisters. He has a dream that everyone will get freedom, justice, and equality. He is going to have his dreams fulfilled organizing a peaceful mass demonstration and passive resistance.

If America has to become a great and free nation, every part of the nation and the people living there should be free. Only then the people of different colors, races, and religions will be able to join hands and move together singing the song of freedom.

Have a watch at the original speech of “I Have A Dream’ delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some Important Questions And Answers From “I Have A Dream.”

Question. Explain King’s analogy of the bad check. (Paragraph 3 and 4).

Answer. In paragraph 3 and 4 of the speech, I have a dream delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. uses an analogy of bad check to explain how the constitution of USA has failed to give the promises to the negros.

The constitution is written permission like cheque issued by a bank that promises to give the cheque bearer the amount of money stated in the cheque, but the constitution of USA had become a bad check for the negros because they have not been granted the rights promised by it.

Here the speaker is comparing the constitution of the USA with a bad check, the US government with a bank and the Negros with a check bearer.

Question. What does the term “Dream” refer to in Martin Luther king’s speech?

Answer. In Martin Luther king’s speech, “Dream” refers to the American dream. It means his expectation and needs to avoid racial discrimination between white and black peoples.

He has a dream of equality and justice, brotherhood and freedom and serenity. He dreams that the sons of farmers, slaves, and sons of the masters and owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. All his four children will be able to work and walk together without any discrimination. All the black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

He has a dream that the people of different colors, races, and religions will be able to join hands and move together singing the song of freedom.

Question. The speech “I have a dream” by Martin Luther King is regarded as an unforgettable speech. Why? Elaborate.

Answer. The speech I have a Dream by Martin Luther King is regarded as an unforgettable and memorable speech in the history of American human rights. “I have a dream” is a historical speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. who is renowned all over the world for his policy of passive resistance and oratorical skills. To listen to this speech more than 200 thousand black and white people gathered so this is a historic and unforgettable speech.

I have a dream includes almost all problems of injustice and inequalities faced and rooted in American society especially against the black negros. Negros were not given educational rights, social rights, voting rights, and any other basic Human rights.

Martin Luther King has labeled American people while many white peoples were also present in the protest. Martin sentimentally expresses that America would be rich and prosperous only if all the blacks would also be rich and prosperous. American black had been unable to use even constitutional rights like voting rights. When the leaders of USA wrote the words of the constitution, they were signing a promissory note, but rather of granting the Negros the right assured by the constitution, the state of USA has given a bad check.

This speech is also unforgettable because this encourages the black not to be offensive and destructive to the whites and the whole USA. He requested the black to lead the peace movement against the state

Some Important Questions From “I Have A Dream”

Short questions:.

  • What does the term “Dream” refer to in Martin Luther king’s speech?
  • What is the dream of Martin Luther King?
  • What is the apparent purpose of Martin Luther king’s speech? Do his actions contradict his non-violence philosophy?
  • What dream does Martin Luther King have? How does he want to fulfill it?
  • How does Martin Luther King want to fulfill his dream? Does he ask his activists to be very calm and civilized in the process of the protest? Explain.
  • Explain the purpose of Martin Luther king’s speech.
  • When will the colored people be satisfied, according to the king? Does he encourage them to start violence?
  • Why was Martin Luther king’s speech so popular? Explain.
  • What does the sad picture of the society as exposed by Martin Luther King refer to?
  • Martin Luther king exposes a sad picture of the colored people in America. What does this sad picture refer to and how does he want to over this sad picture?
  • To what extent does the king’s personal authority lend power to his words?

Long Questions:

  • Discuss the dream of Martin Luther king.
  • What dream does Martin Luther king envision for America? Write them in paragraph form.
  • Discuss “I have a Dream” as a plea for freedom and equality.
  • Argue in favor of some course of action in a situation that you consider an injustice, racial injustice is one possible area, or unfairness to any minority, the old, ex-convicts, women, children, the handicapped, the poor. If possible narrow subject to a particular incident or a local situation on which you can write knowledgeably.
  • What is the historical significance of Martin Luther King’s speech?

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Martin Luther King Jr. Discussion Questions: Reflecting on His Legacy

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On August 28, 1963, civil rights leaders and Americans from around the country marched in Washington, D.C., and gathered for one of the largest rallies for human rights in U.S. history. This rally is rightly famous for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but what is less well known is that the event itself had a focus: jobs and freedom. Many feared the march, which included over 200,000 people, would be filled with violence and unrest. Instead, the nation protested peacefully, and Dr. King delivered his iconic speech.

The March on Washington, and in particular Dr. King’s speech, was a turning point for the civil rights movement. It increased pressure on Congress to take legislative action and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin. The Voting Rights Act, barring discriminatory voting practices that disenfranchised many African American citizens, followed a year later.

On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Now, on the third Monday of January each year—around the time of his January 15 birthday—we mark his contribution to the United States by celebrating his life with a federal holiday.

Dr. King's powerful message of equality and human potential will always be relevant and worthy of discussion. If you’re looking for ways to help your kids connect with Dr. King’s legacy and teachings, why not let his words start the dialogue?

MLK Day Discussion Questions

We’ve gathered three Martin Luther King discussion questions and activities inspired by his most famous quotes.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

To honor Dr. King's impact on not just his own community but also our wider national community, find an organization and/or cause that your students feel passionate about and encourage them to volunteer. Visit VolunteerMatch.Org to check out opportunities that fit their interests and availability. Then, have them take time to reflect on the experience and think about ways to continue helping others.

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

It is important to set aside time to talk with your students about concepts that may seem complicated, like forgiveness. Read to your students the above quote and use the following questions to start conversations around forgiveness. Share some of your own experiences as well—your children will appreciate the chance to connect your stories to their own.

  • Why do you think Martin Luther King Jr. thought it was important to forgive?
  • When was the last time someone hurt your feelings? What happened, and why were your feelings hurt? Can you forgive that person for what they did?
  • Why do you think it’s important to forgive the people who have hurt your feelings?
  • What does forgiveness achieve?

“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.” This quote is one of the most powerful in the American lexicon. It offers excellent entry points for discussion with kids about the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights movement—and where we are as a nation more than 50 years later. Ask your kids: If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today:

  • What do you think he would be most proud to see?
  • What do you think he would be most disappointed by?
  • Do you think he would approve of the way we treat one another today? Why or why not?

Encourage kids to keep thinking about Dr. King’s legacy and the connections to their own lives beyond this month’s observance. For additional conversation starters and materials on Dr. King’s life and work, including an amazing digital archive of primary source materials, visit The King Center online (or in Atlanta!). What additional insights can you glean from Dr. King’s writing? You’re likely to learn more than you expected from your students' unique perspectives and set a strong foundation for sharing important conversations in the future.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of HMH.

This blog post was updated in December 2019.

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Write a short summary of this movie?             

What was the first suggestion the therapist gave the king  .

To look for help somewhere else.

To change jobs.

To practice with a rock.

To start training right away.

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Why couldn't the King stop trying?  

Because he wouldn't be king.

Because he wasn't tired.

Because he didn't need help.

Because he would be king.

What did the therapist say he needed from the king in order to cure him?  

He said that he would need more time.

The therapist didn't say anything about curing him.

He said that he needed total trust.

He said that the King needed to tell jokes.

When asked: "Why are you here then?"  What was the king's answer?  

"Because I bloody well stammer"

"Because I need your help"

"Because I can't speak in public"

"Because it was his destiny"

In what situation did the King get angry and realized he had a voice?   

When his country went to war.

When he had a fight with his wife.

When he couldn't defend his country.

When the therapist sat on King Edward's chair.

According to the therapist, the King is afraid of...  

His own country.

His own shadow.

His reputation.

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