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Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have A Dream Speech

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Transcript of Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have A Dream Speech

The Negro Is Still Not Free
Evidence
Martin Luther King Jr. used many examples to support his claim. One example are when he said "the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors behind police brutality" (MLK 665 61-62). Martin Luther King also brings up the Constitution, he says "This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the alienable rights" (MLK 662 18-19).
LOGOS
Logos is the appeal to logic, and is a way of persuading an audience by reasoning. MLK uses Logos in his evidence when he says "This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the alienable rights" (MLK 662 18-19). When he says this, it makes thye reader realize what he is saying. It does really say that all men are created equal. It doesn't bring up race, just men as a whole. MLK uses a fact to make his point valid and make people realize that he is right.
Evidence
Another piece of evidence that MLK uses to support his claim is when he says "we cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro is Mississippi cannot vote" (MLK 666 66-67). To be free, you must have the right to vote. This showed how the Negro was still not truly free compared to a white person.
Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have A Dream Speech
Martin Luther King Jr.'s claim of how the negro is still not free would mean nothing without reasoning. His reasoning behind the claim was to motivate his followers to continue to protest, boycott, and go to jail until they were treated like United States citizens.
Ethos
Ethos is when the author or speaker trys to make themselves be relatable to the people they are directing themselves to. MLK needed to relate to his audience because he still needed their support. Without his followers trust, MLK couldn't have achieved anything. One example of how MLK used Ethos to relate to his followers is when he said "we can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their of selfhood" (MLK 665 65). He used Ethos by saying "we", this makes him relatable to the common family. It helps him to gain trust and to be seen as a normal person.
Evidence
Another piece of evidence that MLK uses to support him claim was when he said " He also brings up how the Negro children are "robbed of their dignity by signs stating For Whites Only" (MLK 665-666 65-66). This shows how the Negro isn't free because they weren't allowed into certain buildings. They weren't able to go to certain places, they were denied free will.
Pathos
The goal of Pathos is to evoke an emotional response. The main example of how MLK used Pathos was when he repeated "I have a dream". Everyone wants to see their dream come true, if someone's dream comes true you are happy for them. MLK used a common dream, every Negro had the same dream. This made everyone come together and focus on one similar goal, to become free.
Works Cited
King, Martin. "I Have A Dream."
Holt McDougal Literature Grade 9
. Ed. Janet Allen, Arthur Applebee, Jim Burke, et al. Orlando: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. 662-667. Print.
xBLACKxOPSxSECRETSx. "Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963 (Full Speech)." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 21 January 2013. Web. 24 January 2015.
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