Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at the March on Washington was not the first time the civil rights leader had described his dream of multiracial brotherhood. King delivered versions of his “I Have a Dream” speech several times in the months leading up to the March on Washington. After leading a march of more than 100,000 people through the streets of Detroit in June 1963, King delivered a speech to a crowd in the city’s Cobo Arena that was only slightly different from his remarks in Washington two months later.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and liveout the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to beself-evident; that all men are created equal."
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"I Have a Dream" Rhetorical Analysis Project
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and whit men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro Spiritual
The example given is an example of Pathos, because of the emotional effect that it has on all Americans.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough placesplains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and beforethe Lord will be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its viciousracists, with its Governor having his lips dripping with thewords of interposition and nullification, one day right there inAlabama little black boys and black girls will be able to joinhands with little white boys and white girls as sisters andbrothers.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, astate sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with theheat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedomand justice.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia thesons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will beable to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that little children will one day live in anation where they will not be judged by the color of their skinbut by the content of their character.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, TIME presents a special commemorative issueâfeaturing Jon Meacham on King as a Founding Father of the 21st century; Richard Norton Smith on how King's words changed the nature of presidential persuasion; Michele Norris on the state of the dream today; plus Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai, Jesse Jackson, Colin Powell, Shonda Rhimes, Marco Rubio, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and more on what "I have a dream" means to them. to read the full issue
Quote: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Effect: This is contrasting color from content and skin from character, which are very different.
Quote: This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.