Martin Luther King Pathos and Ethos of Speech

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Dr. Martin Luther King Juniors use of Ethos & Pathos in his “I have a dream” speech. On August 28, 1963, people around the nation tuned into hear several civil rights speeches going on in Washington. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of those civil rights speakers, and that day he gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. In Dr. Martin Luther King Juniors speech, he spoke about unifying the nation, to create a place where Americans “will not be judged by the color of your skin but by the content of your character.”(2) He shocked the nation into actions advising that they’re will be a “rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.”(1) Thankfully, many people in America were changed, and wanted to make a difference after …show more content…

He was able to relate to the “unspeakable horrors of police brutality” (1) that had been part of segregation. He also states that “We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.” (1) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. summarizes how society was treating African Americans. It allowed people to realize on a larger scale how wrong it was and how much it needed to change. Dr.

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