Dr. King 's Speech Essay

1507 Words Jun 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal" is the beginning of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution which was quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his “I Have a Dream” speech. He towered over two hundred and fifty thousand people of all ages, genders, and races at the nation’s capital on August 28th, 1963. After frequent protests and sit-ins, King finally had the opportunity to notify the nation of the inhumane and unjust treatment of its citizens. Throughout this speech, Dr. King used a variety of rhetorical concepts such as: ethos, pathos, and logos. Thus, throughout this paper I will examine portions of his speech that allowed Dr. King to persuade America to change its deleterious ways and work together to make life better for all by means of passion, rationality, and reliability.

Dr. King was a strong civil rights advocate during his time. He lived solely on the terms of gaining civil rights through peace not violence. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for civil rights for all men of color keeping faith that one day everyone will come together and form as one. During this era, there was segregation between whites and blacks. Blacks were not allowed to use anything the whites could: restrooms, restaurants, and public schools. Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Civil Rights March on Washington was one of the largest political demonstrations of the civil rights…

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