Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream Speech

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader in the African American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, he was known for his nonviolent movements and methods of protesting. This involved many African American citizens to take verbal and physical abuse from the police and not being able to do anything about it. He used his words to inspire the nation into taking action, instead of promoting violence. Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of thousands of United States citizen from all different backgrounds at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Kings uses ethos to point out why segregation was unjust and to justify why African Americans deserves the same rights as the white citizens of the United States. He adopts an emotional tone in order to appeal to the vast audience. As Dr. King gave his speech, he used Abraham Lincoln to create credibility with his audience when he said “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose Symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the emancipation proclamation.” His purpose to correlate Abraham Lincoln in his speech was to enable the audience to see the importance of the issue; he creates an enlightening tone to give a better understanding. …show more content…

They still were victims of police and civilian brutality; there were separate bathroom, facilities, and schools for colored people around the nation. Majority of African American citizen during that era can relate to this, they all have been through these situations for decades. King said this to appeal to the audience in order to unite them and establish what he’s saying is

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