"But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free; one hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination."
"Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy; now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice; now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood; now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children."
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
"Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation."
Martin Luther King is using pathos by evoking sadness and tragedy from saying Negros are not free and are discriminated.
" For many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny."
The repeating of the words Martin uses emphasizes what he is trying to make people understand. It makes the audience feel empowered and realize there is an end to what these people are going through.
"It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
Martin Luther King is using ethos by saying how it is not ethical by black people being treated different than white people. He says that it is obvious that they are equal and have no difference.
Martin Luther King uses this beginning make the audience feel like they are fighting for the same thing Abe Lincoln is. People thought of Abe Lincoln as a wonderful role model and by Martin using that entrance, makes people think they are fighting for a great reason.
Martin Luther King is saying how what happens to African Americans will affect what happens to white people in the future.
Martin Luther King is saying how white people are treated better and blacks are given bad checks and white people are given good checks.