Mlk Speech Essay

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“I Have a Dream” Rhetorical Analysis For many years, racism was the main problem in the United States. Racism of African-Americans was the most significant. Blacks were victimized mercilessly under a corrupt law system, and were apparently supposed to be free. Many civil rights groups and activists were formed after the blacks tried to adjust the way the system worked. Out of all of the groups and activists, Dr. King was considered to be the most noteworthy. The March on Washington took place on August 28, 1963. After the march, over 200,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to witness King deliver his speech “I Have a Dream” to the United States. He spoke about how African-Americans were being treated, and about the wrongfulness of it. His opening statement stated that, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” From this statement, the audience knew what King was there for; he was there to speak out for freedom. This speech is amongst a few which demonstrated the freedom our country was built upon. Dr. Martin Luther King’s demonstrations and speeches brought a change in the hearts and minds of Americans. He took his words and motivated a country into action. During his speech, he mastered the use of ethos, pathos and logos to prove to all Americans that segregation and racism was not the established plan for America. When King spoke about society issues it affected his whole audience emotionally and logically. Dr. King began to deliver his speech with an ethos appeal to his audience by speaking about the promises Lincoln had made to the black society in the Emancipation Proclamation by stating “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the emancipation proclamation.” (King) King was able to bring authority

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