“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. And I want to thank God, once more, for allowing me to be here with you” (I’ve Been to the Mountaintop).
Many are not familiar with this speech. It was given April 3rd, 1968 in the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. Being his last vocalization, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered this speech to a large audience for the cause of racial equality. “Rev. King also spoke for the city’s sanitation workers who were on strike at the time protesting poor working conditions and low pay” (Remembering MLK's Prophetic 'Mountaintop' Speech). While delivering his speech, King used many devices, such as Ethos, Logos and Pathos, to make his point clear, concise, and effective. These devices helped King to present a speech that many consider one of the greatest ever delivered. Rev. King used a plethora …show more content…
King’s speeches are some of the greatest still today. His effective speaking skills left many fighting for his cause. Every speech that King gave, he swayed his audience to his side, proving that his speeches were impactful. Rev. Martin Luther King probably had the largest impact on the subject of racial equality. His work can still be seen today.
In Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop,” King uses Ethos, Logos, and Pathos to construct a powerful speech to spread the word of equality. King used many strategic ideas to gather the attention on his speech to make it effective. One of his closing phrases stated, “And so I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord” (I’ve Been to the