I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, 1964 (Civil Rights)

IHave a Dream, Martin Luther King, 1964 (Civil Rights)

IHave a Dream, Martin Luther King, 1964 (Civil Rights)

Ihave a dream’ speechwas delivered by Martin Luther King on August 28, 1963 at LincolnMemorial. Most people acknowledge Martin Luther as the formativefigure in the modern war fight for civil rights. In his speech,Martin called for an end to racism in the United States. He deliveredthe speech to over two hundred and fifty thousand supporters of civilrights during the March on Washington. The march pressurized John F.Kennedy’s administration in initializing a strong federal civilrights bill in Congress (Miller, 2013). Prior to this march, therehad been high levels of unemployment, poor wages, as well as racialsegregation among the blacks.

  1. Prevalent of racism during the mid-20th century

  1. Several cases of racism were witnessed during the mid-20IIIIth century in the United States the most prominent being African-Americans (Vail, 2006).

  1. Victimization of the blacks

  1. The law system was extremely corrupt hence, blacks were victimized in a merciless manner

  1. Rise of civil rights activists

  1. Several civil rights, like Martin Luther King, emerged and campaigned against the corrupt law system they held and engaged in civil rights protests and boycotts.

Thesisstatement:Martin Luther’s demand for racial justice as well as an integratedsociety created a platform for the recognition of the blacks


  1. The speech was in form of various structures that appealed to the various types of audience that were present at Lincoln Memorial the speech was further supported with three rhetorical modes of logos, pathos, and ethos.

  1. The speech’s structure was well illustrated by showing the truths that were incorporated in the civil rights as well as showing the plight of the Negroes

  2. The speech’s structure appealed to three types of audience, who had a high likelihood of listening to the king they included racist supremacists, average whites, and the average blacks.

  1. There were several impacts of Martin Luther King’s speech that included giving hope to the depressed African-Americans, increasing the king’s popularity, as well as addressing the issue of racism.

  1. The speech illustrated the problems of racist that existed at the time it also provoked provided hope to the depressed African-American population

  2. The speech further increased the movement’s and Martin Luther King’s popularity this made the King’s opponents treat him as a threat (Sturm, 2003). As a result, the he was assassinated 5 years after he delivered his speech hence, he did not live to enjoy the fruits of his hard work

  1. In his speech, the King incorporated several rhetorical tropes to back up the rhetorical modes whenever he alluded to several works like the bible

  1. Use of metaphors to help audiences get a clear understanding of a specific idea as it compare such an idea with something the audiences are familiar with hence, bringing out pathos and ethos modes in a clear manner

  2. Rhetorical questions further triggered answers as well as stirred up the feelings among the black. For instance, the king answered the whites when he wrote that the black would not be satisfied until all persons were equal.


  1. Martin Luther delivered his speech when America was in the midst of segregation and racism hence, oppressing most of the blacks

  2. The speech played a significant role in changing the corrupt system that existed in America it inspired many blacks to fight for their rights

  3. The clear structure of the speech contributed enormously to persuading many people to support the black instead of mistreating them


Iresponded to the speech by highlighting its content, discussing someof the impacts that it had in the United States of America,elaborating on some of the structures that were incorporated in thespeech, and finally I concluded by revisiting the thesis statementand some of the major topics. In my opinion, the speech remains oneof the greatest speeches in the world. Upon reading the speech, Ifelt that it brought justice to all blacks leaving in America. Thespeech has taught me the importance of fighting for our rightswhenever we feel oppressed.


Miller,K.D. (2013). MartinLuther King`s Biblical Epic.Rhetoricand Public Affairs,16, 1,188-191.

Sturm,S. (2003). MartinLuther King, Jr., as Democratic Socialist. TheJournal of Religious Ethics,18, 2, 79-105.

Vail,M. (2006). The&quotIntegrative&quot Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr.`S &quotIHave a Dream&quot Speech. Rhetoricand Public Affairs,9, 1, 51-78.