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I Have a Dream Too

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Justin Yeh
Ms. Daniels
ApLang
12 January 2013
I Have a Dream Too
32 years and 364 days before my birth, at Lincoln Memorial over 275,000 people gathered and listened to Dr. Martin Luther King deliver his speech “I Have a Dream.” During this time, racism was a huge issue in the United States, especially towards African Americans. Among those African Americans was Dr. Martin Luther King, a prominent civil rights activists who inspires our world till this day, especially with his speech “I Have a Dream.” He spoke about the injustices of segregation and discrimination of African Americans that was taking place in our nation. The reason for “I Have a Dream” massive impact is due to the tense social mood of the time and giving African Americans a vision for the future. Hitting home for many African American people but what made “I Have a Dream” so fascinating that even a 16 years Asian American can relate to? I believe it is King’s use of rhetoric and how he is able to appeal to his audiences’ everyday lives. King uses the structure of his rhetoric to appeal to his different audiences and supporting his ideas by using quotations and allusions, repeating key theme words and phrases, and “grounding” his arguments.

The syntax of a speech can be very important, something that King utilizes really well appealing to all three types of people in his audience; the average blacks who are discriminated against, the average whites who harbor thoughts typical of that time who argue that blacks are evil and the civil rights movement is violent, and radical blacks who think the same. He first starts by making the white realize how blacks are in such a terrible positions and make them feel bad of what they have done, but at the same time hitting home in the hearts of blacks. He goes on explaining problems “One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years..” Striking home for many African Americans but at the same time causing the whites to be...