Saturday, August 17, 2013

Compare and Contrast: MLK's "I Have a Dream" Speech and President Obama's Upcoming Speech on August 28th

On August 28th, President Obama will mark the 50th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.
He will deliver his speech from the exact spot where King spoke in 1963--on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Consider having students read King's famous speech prior to this date so that afterwards the class can compare and contrast what President Obama says on that day to what King said 50 years ago.  You might want to remind students of the argumentative/persuasive techniques that good orators utilize.  See other post on this blog.

Below are some good links that I found browsing the Internet:

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/16/145305300/revisiting-kings-i-have-a-dream-speech

http://mrgunnar.net/files/King%20Dream%20Text.pdf

http://www.tbd.com/articles/2011/01/8-martin-luther-king-speeches-and-videos-45260_page2.html

Below is the text of what I posted on my blog for students www.scholarmulhern.blogspot.com.

Scholars:  On August 28th, President Obama will mark the 50th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, one of the most important speeches in American history.  President Obama will deliver his speech from the exact spot where King spoke in 1963--on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Read King's famous speech (see other post on this blog) so that you can compare and contrast what our President says on that day to what King said 50 years ago.

Celebrate how far we have come as a nation, but also realize that as American citizens we must always continue to build on Reverend King's dream, since, sadly, there will always be intolerance in the world.  On a daily basis, in memory of one of our greatest historical figures, we can practice tolerance and kindness so that we, too, can teach others through our examples.

When you listen to, or read, the speech that President Obama gives on August 28th, pay particular attention to the words and phrases that he uses. You can be sure that as a great orator, himself, he will evoke the memory of MLK by repeating some of the words and images that King used on that remarkable day in our nation's history.

Click on the link below to hear a good podcast about King's famous speech.

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/16/145305300/revisiting-kings-i-have-a-dream-speech

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