I Have a Dream
“I have a dream.” Those might be the most iconic words in American history. August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to a crowd of people, both black and white, marching for equality during the historic Civil Rights Movement. I was only three years old at the time, immune to the troubles of the world and the racism inherent in my Southern society, but as the ensuing years have passed, King has become even more of a hero to me.
When I teach the speech at the high school, I always have my students watch a video of the event before we read the text of the speech in search of the Aristotelian ethos and pathos and logos, the nitty-gritty of literary analysis ...