International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Analysis Study Research Paper | Social Studies | Senegal | Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024

Martin Luther King, Jr.?s "I Have a Dream" Speech behind the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Analysis and Comment

Mouhamed DIOP [3]

Abstract: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 left an indelible imprint in the history book of the United States of America, but especially in the sad history pages of African Americans. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed this act not out of generosity or for democratic reasons. It was a victory of good over evil, of nonviolent direct action over violence, the result of a long battle against injustice. Several prominent African Americans raised their eloquent voices to lead this battle in dignity and self-respect. From these warriors, emerged a courageous and charismatic leader. No American remained indifferent to his great speeches, no matter what their religious allegiances or race belongings. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the American moral voice of the 1950s and 1960s. His voice federalized the majority and minority groups and made pleas of peace and justice everywhere. Great speeches span times and generations because they have entered the eternal annals of history. This paper presents a detailed analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.'s oratory, particularly his "I Have a Dream" speech, and its significant impact on the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Through examining the rhetorical devices and historical context of King?s speech, the study highlights how his eloquence and moral persuasion contributed to advancing civil rights in the United States of America.

Keywords: 1964 Civil Rights Act, Martin Luther King, Jr., oratory analysis, rhetorical devices, human right

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024,

Pages: 1606 - 1610

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