Sunday, January 16, 2011

Martin Luther King "I have a dream"



This is the greatest speech ever given. Listen to the entire 17 minutes and feel yourself carried higher and higher as this great man uses repetition of theme words and moral justice to ground his arguments.
He uses the word "freedom" 20 times. "We" is used 30 times, "our" 17 times and "you" 8 times. He mentions States and other geographic references to make his message more inclusive; "From every mountainside", "slums and ghettos of our northern cities".

Dr. King uses metaphors to highlight contrasting concepts like "rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice." He does it over an over.

Or don't pay attention to any of that and just experience the moment in 1963, before the Civil Rights Act was passed, when segregation was a part of American life, when blacks and whites could not co-mingle and dogs were allowed to attack peaceful marchers. Think of the time and the power of a man like Martin Luther King, Jr.

18 comments:

KM said...

Thanks for reposting this with the contagious, inspired enthusiasm that you wrote it in!!!

Dr. Carrie said...

Thank you for bringing this to us. It's a great day to think of heroes both recent and past. I believe they all followed the mantra: "never suppress a generous impulse". As a result their heroism came through. www.doctorcarriesbetterliving.com

Linda Leighton said...

Thank you so much for allowing us to re-experience this great moment in American history, Dr. Brayer!

Anonymous said...

What a speech. Your are right. Happy MLK day to you, Dr. B

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