They've probably also heard me say that my favourite speech of my lifetime, at least was Martin Luther King's "I have a dream", delivered 50 years ago today. Nor was all of it biblical or religious:
Best heard spoken, it demonstrates the power King had with the spoken word.
He uses a number of rhetorical devices over the course of the speech. Repetition He repeats key words or phrases. These resonate with the listener, and each one re-enforces the last. This repetition for emphasis leaves the hearer with ideas and phrases they will easily remember. Allusion King delivered his speech years after the Emancipation Proclamation, on the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial, the president who freed the slaves in America.
This was alluded to in his speech, underlining the need for continuing the move forward for the civil rights movement.
His metaphors are cleverly well crafted, and powerful. Below the metaphor of the mountain of despair indicates the uphill struggle of black Americans seeking civil rights, and like a prospector, will dig through the rock to reach the gem of liberty as a reward for the struggle at hand.
The rhythm of his language creates an expectation of when the next key point will occur. He pauses to great effect, particularly after saying "I have a dream" forcing the audience to listen and think about what he has just said.
He alters his pace and volume, leading to crescendos at key moments, then pausing for applause, all clearly audible in the video of the speech. His parallel phrasing shown below create rhythm, and allow for building up vocally to create a spectacle for the crowds.Last October, the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial dedication broadcast live from Washington, D.C., and I watched as the ceremony closed out with footage of the infamous “I Have A Dream” speech given at the March On Washington.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. exploiting the Negro and other minority groups. The price that America must speech to the U.N., among other things, the White Citizens Council and other extremists groups have scarred the dream by their fanatical acts and bitter words.
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Below there is a written version of part of Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' speech . For instance, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream ” speech was very relevant during the Civil Rights Movement when a large portion of the United States was fighting for .
On August 28, , Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as the iconic leader of the civil rights movement and the charismatic orator to climax the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom with his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.