Essay On I Have A Dream Speech

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During the mid twentieth century, racism began to climax in the United States. Tensions of racial differences erupted. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. solidified his position as leader of the African Americans and the struggle for equality. King spoke at many rallies and events. The most notable being his “I Have a Dream” speech. This speech remains one of the most powerful and influential speeches in history. King gave the speech on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. King attracted nearly 250,000 thousand citizens after the march on Washington (CNN). King’s main purpose of this speech was to inform listeners about the injustices of segregation and discrimination. King states “ I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history …show more content…
Martin Luther King took a stand and inspired a nation with his inspirational actions and powerful words. With King’s creative rhetoric, he kept is his audience intrigued by the use of ethos, pathos, and logos. He provided prove to Americans that racism and segregation was not the intention in the foundation of America. In front of the Lincoln Memorial, he states “Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation” (King). This quote proves that he is not the only person fighting for black equality. Abraham Lincoln was a president that many people look up to as a role model, and by using him, the audience may feel like they are fighting for the same cause. King is using the authority of Lincoln and his similar views on the civil rights to enhance his argument. This is providing a strong ethos appeal and the audience now views King’s argument as being credible. His speech also references the Declaration of Independence to provide authority. He quotes “unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”(King). His use of this quote is to get the audience to view him as a credible source. He is stating that the American government has disregarded the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all of the American citizens, not just African Americans. King increases his credibility in his “I Have a Dream” speech by tapping into the authority of Lincoln and our Constitution. King's use of pathos is remarkable as he strikes emotional values of all American Citizens. To most people the Bible causes an emotional appeal. King uses this to his advantage and states “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (King). He is using the Bible to provide a belief that all people must stand together to create change. To change segregation and racism, all communities must come together. Not one group can bring about

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