“The Monumental Speech of Martin Luther King Jr.”

By: Ashley Williams

The nation’s capital, Washington D.C. in August 23,1968, marked the day in history where Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous monumental speech “I Have a Dream”. Set on a hot day in Washington in front of thousands he refers back to life in Alabama and says, I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation, and that it was. (1)

MLKs’ speech came during a time where people wanted and needed change and this heart-felt, encouraging, speech was what people needed to fight for their freedom. He uses “I have a Dream’ rhetorically after every statement to prove his point and place emphasis on what he was saying. “I have a dream, I have A dream, I have a dream,” Martin states often.

“I Have a Dream” speech touched the hearts of many, set the platform for the beginning of the civil rights movement. His speech was full of hope, serenity, and promise for the many African-Americans struggling for freedom and equality. “I Have A Dream” was one of the most memorable speeches of all time and continues to resonate until this day.

He ends his speech with the last moment of “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! and this day set a new beginning for everyone around the world.”


(1) Warren , S. (2006, January 4). MLK SPEECH . Retrieved March 30, 2011, from http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html

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