"Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation." (King).
"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning. "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing."(King).
"But 100 years later the Negro still is not free.
King develops a trust with the crowd and gives them to listen because he shows that he knows a lot about what has been happening. He starts right off the bat by telling them about the Emancipation Proclamation.
"Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men-yes black men as well as white men-wold be garenteed the unalienable rights of life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness."(King)
He connects with everyone's emotions by referring to the children of america, because they are very impressionable and need good examples from them so they can lead good lives.
"Now is t.he time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment."(King)
King uses numbers like 100 to help get his point across that this has been going on for too long and needs to stop now.
"This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames o[ withering injustice."(King).
He goes back to the Constitution and the Declaration of independence something that everybody knows, and uses it to help prove his point about segregation.
He talks about educating the young children who control the future so this will connect with everyone that has children and want a better future for them .
King adds emphasis to the statement by adding millions before negro slaves, and by doing that might change peoples minds on the issue.