This study guide will help you analyze the speech “I Have a Dream” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, analysis, topic, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances, and intention.
Presentation of the speech
Title: “I Have a Dream”
Speaker: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Context: African-American Civil Rights Movement
Date of speech: 28th of August, 1963
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was an African-American Reverend and one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He was an activist for equal rights in American society and advocated for promoting them through non-violent means, civil disobedience, and Christian beliefs. He received the Noble Peace Prize in 1964 for fighting racial inequality through non-violent means. King, also referred to as MLK, was killed in 1968 by a supporter of racial segregation.