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Civil Rights: Martin Luther King - I have a dream
Transcript of Civil Rights: Martin Luther King - I have a dream
One of the most popular civil rights speeches are from Martin Luther King - 'I have a dream'. His speech was about
the better future, how he has a dream that the future children will be able to get on regardless of race and colour.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968
M.L.K delivered his speech on the 28th August 1963 at the Lincon Memorial, Washington D.T. His speech was watched by over 200,000 people, black and white.
Extract from 'I have a dream'
have a dream
Use of the present tense to represent he wants chan
I have a dream
that one day, down in Alabama, with its
racists, with its
his lips dripping
with the words of "interposition" and "nullification"
right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join
hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
-repetition, to make the reader/listener remember his dream
I have a dream
that one day every
shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be
made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the
crooked places will be made straight;
glory of the Lord
shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it
Language and Structure
The structure of the speech is very persuasive and intriguing. Martin Luther King uses a lot of repetition to make the reader/listener remember the key points in his speech, for example, M.L.K uses the same phrase "I have a dream" so you remember that his speech is about the better future, also it is used to get the point across.
He also uses a metaphor "his lips dripping" to emphasize that the racist comments and speech easily flow out of others mouths, and that it is repeatedly happening. This links back to the fact that everyone has their own mind and not everyone agreed with Martin Luther Kings point of view, and in result he got assassinated. Also to represent his opinions he uses personal pronouns such as 'I'. He uses this in the phrase 'I have a dream' because not everyone has their dreams and that is his dream, instead of using the noun 'we' or 'they'.
Martin Luther King wrote his speech using various key phrases so you would remember his speech and it would make a difference. He achieved this as after 50 years people still remember his speech today.
M.LK uses emotive language to get people to feel sorry for the black americans who are going through the racism and conflict. By mentioning 'litlle black girls and little black boys' makes you feel compassion for the children as they haven't done anything wrong so it changes your whole perspectic of the world, and the people aroubd you.
What are Civil Rights?
Martin Luther King - 'I have a dream'
Civil rights are the rights of individuals to
receive equal treatment. This was a major issue in 1954 to 1968. It was historically named the "Civil rights movement".
Lots of people spoke out about this topic, including people like Martin Luther King, JFK and many more. Creating speeches, poems and writing to express how they felt, however people did not always agree.
As this was a major issue, lots of people spoke our about their opinions and beliefs which often caused conflict.
connotations of violence, anger and hatred
knows that it wont happen right now, for the future
represents the fact that it is his dream, and that not everyone has the same opinion
nature, natural to be equal