Martin Luther King's Speech At The Lincoln Memorial

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On August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the prominent speech “I Have a Dream” at the Lincoln Memorial to over 250,000 civil rights supporters. King’s speech was compelling and potent; it moved everyone to action. Furthermore, he helped change the society into a world of justice. King was strongly rooted in the equality between whites and blacks and died believing in it. In addition, he emphatically believed freedom existed for the black’s. He states, “[The white’s] destiny is tied up with [the black’s] destiny.” This quote emphasizes the problem of injustice in this world, and it makes the audience move into action. King’s speech was widely known, due to the effective tone he creates throughout his…show more content…
One example of an anaphora in this speech is the repeated phrase “One hundred years later...” to emphasize the injustice in this world. King states, “But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” King wants to get the blacks attention that they are under oppression, and it must change. In fact, he lets the whites know the cruelty they put the blacks under. He presumes it’s essential for everyone to be at peace and impartial. King makes a point that a century later, this society is still going to be overwhelmed with inequity because the world is damaged by our blindness. Moreover, many people are so corrupt that they don 't see what’s in front of…show more content…
The quote, “The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust… to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny… They have to come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom” is filled with many diction like “destiny” and “freedom.” King uses a significant amount of strong diction to make his speech effective. Additionally, his word choice has a way of reaching out to the audience. He believes “freedom” is extremely important and it is an obligation to create a justice
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