Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extremely impactful activist during the Civil Rights Movement that gave over 2,500 speeches in his lifetime. Of these speeches, his most popular is his famous I Have a Dream speech that he gave on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. during the March on Washington. Even famous speakers like Martin Luther King, Jr. use persuasive techniques to appeal to the different sides of their audiences. In order to appeal to his predominately African American audience, Martin Luther King, Jr. makes reference to Abraham Lincoln and his granting freedom to slaves by signing the Emancipation Proclamation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech had a great deal of logos and pathos appeals to persuade his audience to speak out against segregation and to give all men the rights they deserve. He gave many reasons in his speech to make the audience excited and want to take action, like when he says: “This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”... America has defaulted on this promissory note, ... given the Negro people a bad check… which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” (King para. 4)
All of the writings and speeches in his immense collection include a logical and emotional appeal to help persuade anyone reading or listening. Although King always seemed to appeal to the public’s emotions the most. One of Dr. King’s most well known public speeches is his “I Have a Dream” speech. This is known as one of the most influential and gripping speeches that was spoke during the civil rights movement.
In August 1963, more than 50 years ago, Martin Luther King gave a speech that will be enshrined in the history forever. He purposely delivered the speech from the steps of the Lincoln memorial. Not only that he demanded racial justice, but he gave Americans as a nation a way to express how they feel. More importantly, his speech gave hope to the black community, the hope that they could all be equal one day. Martin Luther King’s writing is so specific.
Martin Luther King Jr. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” this quote has a meaning in standing up for yourself as in for freedom , equal rights and justice. Martin Luther King Jr took one of the main roles in the Civil Rights Movement as in saying in the quote he used for Americans but different races all around the world. Martin Luther King inspired people to do things back then and now modern day just like he inspired the bus boycott in the Civil Rights Movement standing up for equal rights. Martin Luther King Jr Impacted a lot of people lives not just African Americans. The Civil Rights Movement gained attention and respect in most states.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important influential person in our history. He wrote not only the historic “I Have a Dream” speech, but he also wrote a letter while in the Birmingham jail. These two pieces of writing have impacted many and have appealed to the readers emotions and used logic to persuade people. These appeals were found in both the letter and in the speech but which one was more emotional and which one was more logical? Let 's start by talking about the logical appeals in the speech.
One of the most popular ones was the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” held on august 28 1963. This is where he did his famous i have a dream speech.this speech was one of the biggest impacts towards the civil rights act. Some of the words from that speech were “I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” -Martin
He wanted to speak to Afican Americans to inspire them to spark a change in the nation. During one point in his speech he said, “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now… Now is the time to lift our nation… now is the time to make justice a reality.” He gave them hope, encouraged them to act now, and showed empathy towards them by using pronouns like “we” and “our” while speaking, making his speech more personal. Even though a lot of the people listening were black Americans and supported equality and integration, there were also people on the other side of the spectrum listening who believed in segregation and white supremacy to be true. King’s words spoke to these people by describing to them how badly black people were being treated and the sacrifices they were being forced to make by saying, “The life of the Negro is still crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.”
In August of 1963, King led the March on Washington. Black people and even some whites gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to take a stand against segregation. There was a total of around 200,000 people. (New York Times) Many people gave speeches, but the most famous speech was Martin’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. addresses his audience, he uses powerful statement to make the listeners more engaged in his speech. A representation of this would be in paragraph four of Dr. Kings “I Have a Dream” speech, where he expresses, “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.” Dr. King motivates his audience by using a metaphor. He compares the unfair segregation towards African Americans as a dark and desolate valley. Subsequently, he goes on to compare the freedom to come for African Americans as a sunlit path of racial justice.
Martin Luther King was one of the greatest speech givers in the modern era. King knew how to move crowds with words and utilize the strength in his tone to empower others. A reverend by training, King always used religious references to further lift emotions in the crowd. His most famous speech was undoubtedly I Have A Dream but King made many more famous speeches. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop was King's last and arguably his most powerful speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy were great men, there is no doubt about that. These men gave life to the country, to a cause, and to the world. They brought people together, setting aside the differences of humankind in order to create unity. Both of these giants in history caused great things to happen and teaching wonderful lessons. However, their similarities and differences really shine through when one reads King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Kennedy’s inaugural address.