I HAVE A DREAM
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a powerful speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to thousands of people seeking freedom and justice for African Americans. This was an effective and powerful speech as it led to the change of the Civil Rights Act.
He delivered an effective speech to thousands of civil rights supporters. His speech was one of the most effective speeches in American History. Although he spoke to thousands of people, his target audience was the nation as a whole. This is evident when he says, “In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.” This statement was so powerful that he also connected with an audience not affected by discrimination. This made the Caucasians realize how cruel they treated African Americans and how wrong it was not to keep the promise of freedom for all, regardless of race.
His claim was that everybody had the right to be treated equally, regardless of color. Dr. King’s rhetorical purpose for his speech was to persuade the nation to make good the promises made in the Emancipation Proclamation. He compares African Americans as living “on a lonely island of poverty” while the Caucasians “live in the vast ocean of prosperity.” His purpose was for everyone to have access to all that America had to offer. He wanted freedom and justice for all both black and white and for all to live without violence. He called for racial equality and discrimination to end forever.
Dr. King saw that violence and police brutality was happening more often. He says in his speech, “Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells.” He vowed for the equal rights of all African-Americans, as they were arrested for not giving up their seats on buses. They could not attend the same schools as White Americans or even use the same bathrooms. His vision was to fight for in injustices of segregation and discrimination. With his strong religious faith, he envisioned everyone on...