Martin Luther King Essay

625 WordsFeb 4, 20143 Pages
On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped organize a march for jobs and freedom on Washington D.C. During this march he delivered what is known today as his "I Have a Dream" speech. This speech is an example of how one man can inspire so many people and get them to believe that together they can bring about change. Dr. King's speech contains a very strong argument, makes his audience feel his emotions, and is very credible. Dr. King's speech exhibits a very strong and well thought out logos. Dr. King opens his speech with a historical background of the situation of African Americans in America. He explains that 100 years ago Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation setting all slaves free. He then states that 100 years later African Americans are still not free. They are no longer slaves as they once were but are now slaves to segregation, discrimination, and poverty. This is Dr. King's claim and the basis of his speech. He then refers to the Constitution and Declaration of Independence stating that, "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." Dr. King claims that instead of following through on this promise America has written African Americans a "Bad check" He exclaims that now is the time for America to rid itself of racial injustice and segregation. Dr. King's message of what kind of reform is needed could not be any clearer. He uses an excellent array of examples and metaphors to explain how African Americans are not experiencing what America is supposed to be all about. During his speech Dr. King does an excellent job of making his audience feel the way that he intends them to. His audience is made up of 250,000 people who are mostly African Americans attending the march in search of equality. This audience already

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