"In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. In the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"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"
"We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality; we can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities"
In MLK's speech he used the credibility of the Constitution and the Declaration Of Independence as a persuasive technique saying that all men including African Americans had the same rights.
"a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice."
This example of pathos is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech. From when he referred to Abraham Lincolns Emancipation and was basically saying that, one hundred years later African Americans weren't slaves but they werent truly free.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
In this section of his speech MLK tries to reason with his audience explaining the everyday stress and anxiety in a African Americans life.
"The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the negro community must not lead us to distrust all white people.
MLK uses the credibility of Abraham Lincoln as another persuasive technique as he reminds everyone of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In this part of his speech he persuades his audience by making them picture 4 African American children being bullied and judged for the rest of their lives.
Despite the emotions, King reminds the crowds that while racism is the enemy, they have many allies who realize the importance of their struggle, and they are standing with them against this injustice providing much needed reasoning.