Rhetoric That Still Matters: “I Have a Dream”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech—50 years ago today.


 

I still get emotional reading this speech. This is how you start a revolution. This is rhetoric that still matters.

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2 responses to “Rhetoric That Still Matters: “I Have a Dream”

  • Jerry Dearmon

    It would be interesting to get his perspective on the evidence of that dream 50 years later. Would having a President of color encouraged him? Probably, but perhaps the lack of significant progress in the field of education would surely not be a source of encouragement; nor would the black-on-black crime and nor would the percentage of single mothers raising their youth….sad. He should have been a revolutionary but in many areas he was denied that dream.

    • John Paine

      I believe Dr. King would be quite saddened by the state of our nation today, and I believe he would do everything he could to affect positive change. The enormous accomplishment on that day in August, 1963 was that through peaceful protest and powerful conviction the conscience of our nation was stirred to action. Within a year, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law–at great cost. Two weeks after this speech, four girls attending Sunday school in Birmingham were killed when their church was bombed. Two months later, President Kennedy was assassinated. The price included Dr. King’s life, as he suspected it would.

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