Martin Luther King's Speech I Have A Dream Speech

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During the 20th century, racism was a very large issue in America. Abraham Lincoln had freed all the slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863; however, that did not get rid of the large amount of segregation and violence towards black Americans. During the Civil Rights Movement, that started in 1954, there were many African American activists fighting for freedom and equality. The most significant of these activists was Martin Luther King, Jr. One of King’s most influential speeches, I Have A Dream, was delivered during one of the largest rallies of the Civil Rights Movement, The March on Washington. King’s main purpose in this speech was to convince all of America to stand up against injustice and fight for the freedoms that…show more content…
He used cadence to keep his audience engaged and attentive to the words he spoke. This is another reason why his speech was so effective. He talked slowly to let the words sink in. When he came to an important topic or phrase, he would repeat himself and raise his voice to prove the importance of his words. One phase he said over and over again was “I have a dream...” He repeated this phrase to convince everyone listening that he believed that one day blacks and whites would live in harmony together and segregation would be a thing of the past. He wanted everyone to believe that it was possible, they just had to push for a change. Later, at the end of his speech, he said, “And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’” By the time he got to the end, he was practically yelling at the crowd because he felt so strongly that one day all his hopes and dreams would all come true and justice would come and he wanted them to never give up on that dream. The impact that Martin Luther King, Jr. made was enormous but it didn’t come without any consequences. After giving his I Have A Dream speech, most of America was moved, but some were outraged. Negros and many white people supported King and the message he brought but white supremacists were furious. They brought violence and tragedy towards many Negro activists and leaders of the movement including King (Knight). Even with this violence, King’s speech paved a way for freedom and justice for all blacks in the years to
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