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Rhetorical Analysis Of Dr. Martin Luther King's Speech

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On the day of August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave the world’s most famous speech on the front steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The speech was lively announced on a bright sunny day in front of a heavy crowd, which is said to of had 250,000 mixed racial people standing before the podium. The crowd went wild while he spoke about his future motives to change the way America treats African Americans. The speech was given to persuade a change in America, by ending segregation and giving equal rights to the African American race. Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister, and a social activist. He led the civil rights movement from the mid-1950’s to his heavy-hearted death, when he was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Although he was never around to see the beautiful work he had accomplished, his speech and motive helped in creating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dr. King performed a motivational speech by using Ethos, Pathos, and Logos, which influenced Americans to believe the idea that all men were created equal. In the beginning of his speech, Dr. King utilizes great techniques to get his point across to the American people. He starts by crediting a once famous American leader named Abraham Lincoln. In his speech, he says “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the emancipation proclamation.” Dr. King influenced his audience that he was a firm believer and follower of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln
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