When people hear the words “I have a dream”, there is no question about who these famous words came from. Whether you agree with Martin Luther King’s speech or disagree, his name always comes to mind when thinking of these words.
Martin Luther King exemplifies power and dominance in his speech by the way he carries himself, his tone, and the words that he speaks. He was a very professional man who carried himself in a way that automatically persuaded people. For example, he put pauses in specific places within his speech for emphasis. This is a small trick that he used that made a huge impact on how people heard it. It made the speech easier to understand and added more power to everything he was saying. He also restates certain phrases and words for repetition. By doing this, his thoughts were then engraved in peoples’ minds. He was a role model to so many. He was someone who people aspired to be; and for an African American man in this time period, it was a huge deal to have people look up to you like this. King is still one of the most influential people from our history and people of any age know his name because of that. His speech is one of the most iconic speeches in the world and people reference his “I Have a Dream” for that reason.
The speech was originally intended to give African American people hope for equality in their future. Today, it still does that. His memorial in Washington D.C. contains many quotes that prove this statement. “We must come to see that the end we seek is a society of peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience” or “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather then sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective” re just a couple quotes from the memorial that exemplify the hope that he gave.
Although our world is still far from perfect, King’s “I Have A Dream” speech will forever have an impact on not only African American people, but people in general because of how well it was presented. King’s tone of voice was able to captivate people and persuade them. He was able to tell his story and his opinion to crowds of all different races because of how he stood up for what he believed in; even if this meant that he would not be treated inhumane. He stood up for his rights before he even had rights and THAT is the mark of a good leader.