Teacher Favorite speaker One of my most admired speakers of all time is Martin Luther King especially when he delivered the I Have aDream speech as recorded in the video of Huffingtonpost. com. It was delivered during the “ March on Washington” on August 28, 1963 at Lincoln Memorial for jobs and freedoms or to cash a bad check that America has promised. The speech was intended for every American and it was so powerful that it united America against segregation and the speech studied by students generations after him.
Dr. Martin Luther King was a very engaging speaker and this could be attributed to the cause he took in the civil rights movement of ending segregation as well as the effective use of rhetorical tools of ethos, pathos, and logos that made his speeches very powerful. He combined emotional appeal with his integrity of character being a minister and then delivered with an impeccable logic that made his speeches very persuasive.
The speech that I saw begun by agitating the audience through the use of ethos or emotion by first mentioning the broken promise of the Emancipation Proclamation which should have freed the Negro slaves and yet the Negro is still enslaved. He elaborated the plight of the Negro as he languished in poverty and misery which his audience could relate. Further, he fanned this flamed emotion (ethos) by appealing to their desires to be free and equal by the speech’s main theme of his dream which is also the dream of every Negro. This to the audience, including me, is very compelling that if I were born during his time, I may have also heeded his call to end the segregation.
Work Cited
Praetorius, Dean. ” MLK Jr. ” I Have A Dream” Speech (VIDEO).” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost. com, 14 Jan. 2011. Web. 4 Jan. 2014. .