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MLK Speech

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Joe Killion

on 23 October 2014

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Transcript of MLK Speech

- King gave this speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

- He spoke on behalf of the Civil Rights Movement during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
An Analysis of
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
"I Have a Dream" Speech
How King Achieved his Desired Purpose
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Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.” 28 Aug. 2013. Flavorwire. Web. 20 Oct. 2014. <http://flavorwire.com>.

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28 Aug. 2010. Democratic Underground. Web. 20 Oct. 2014. <http://www.democraticunderground.com>.

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'I Have a Dream' Speech.” 27 Aug. 2013. MYNorthwest. Web. 20 Oct. 2014. <http://mynorthwest.com>.

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- Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister from Atlanta, Georgia.

- He was a proud Negro and American, a father, a Southerner and an educated man.

- Over 200,000 people were in attendance for King's speech.

- The audience was largely African American, but also included several thousand whites, and civil rights leaders and workers.

- In addition to those at the March, King intended for his speech to reach the nation's political leaders.
Nolan Brahmey, Abby Brocato, Joe Killion and Hannah Thomas
- King used
to focus the audience's attention and make his speech more memorable.
("We have come to our nation's capital to cash a check")

- King employed
harsh diction
visual imagery
to reveal the brutality of discrimination and inspire the protestors.
("Unspeakable horrors of police brutality"; "Stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: 'For Whites Only'")

- King utilized
to show the significance of unity and the imperative to act.
("Now is the time to make real...Now is the time to rise...Now is the time to lift our nation"; "To work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together")

- King wielded

to reinforce that peacefulness is the path to take.
("Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred")
To reveal the brutality and discrimination that civil rights activists are facing
To emphasize the importance of and necessity for equality
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