September 13, 2013
“I Have a Dream”
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech about the mistreatment of African Americans, he shed a light on a very important issues of racism. Racism against African Americans was much more outstanding and violent during the 20th century than today. With a crooked law system, African American were mistreated and abused. In his speech, King uses logical and emotional appeal to show his credibility to explain his purpose to the American people that everyone should be treated equal. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was known as an outspoken speaker, who uses his authority figure to gain his credibility with the crowd. King discusses the injustice and inequalities that African Americans have dealt with over the years. King has been in jail numerous times for speaking on the subject that affect the African American community and leading non-violent protest against the brutality of policemen. King stated, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation…” He gained respect of his audience by letting them know he’s a father. A father that wants the best for his children and makes him look like a responsible and respectable role model for his children. He uses strong ethos appeal to establish his credibility. King refers to the Emancipation Proclamation by saying it gave hope to black people that they were going to be freed from slavery but this wasn’t enough. King also discussed the Declaration of Independence saying that, “This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."” He uses his knowledge of history to convince his audience that things are not the way they should and have been handled unfairly. He confirmed his credibility by showing the audience how relatable he is. King established his credibility, but he also use pathos to appeal to the...
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