Monday, March 10, 2008

Martin Luther King I Have A Dream.

On many levels, I feel that Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech is easily one of the greatest pieces of oratory delivered in the English language. Both solemn and stirring, it brings the intonational patterns of the pulpit in which he regularly preached to the mainstream of political discourse. His use of biblical references and allusions to the geography of America's struggle over civil rights(Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain in Georgia.) tapped into a collective frame of reference with unsurpassed skill.
His speech sets a high bar of expectation that we are still struggling to meet forty years after his assassination. The words continue to inspire, continue to remind us of our goals as a nation after all of these years.
When anyone is enslaved, the enslavers are also spiritually deformed and morally diminished.

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