I Have A Dream Speech By Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1115 WordsSep 28, 20165 Pages
Activist and leader in the Africa American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr, speaks at the Lincoln Memorial to more than 200,000 people where he gives his famous “I have a Dream” speech, where he calls for the need of equal rights between blacks and whites. King’s purpose is to convince the American people that segregation is wrong and should be changed for future generations, encourage all African Americans into fighting until the end, and that segregation is wrong. He effectively achieves this through the use of many rhetoric’s to provide evidence that segregation and racism is not what America was built on. The 1950s through the 1970s were very harsh times for African-Americans due to the fact that they were not treated equally, just because of their skin color. During this time even laws protected these actions against African-Americans,for this reason Martin Luther King gave his I have a dream speech where he calls for unity and equality for all African Americans. King begins his speech by comparing today as a day which will be remembered and will be known as the “greatest demonstration for freedom” (Para.1). He appeals to this comparison to get the audience excited, which worked, because there was applauses after King stated this. King uses historical documents like President Lincolns Gettysburg Address, and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence where he begins by stating that “Five years
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