I Have a Dream - Is this the most famous American speech?
Many people think so. In fact Wikipedia quotes it as being more than the most famous American speech:-
"Delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, the speech is often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in history and was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address."
Click the link to read more about its context, style, history and the extraordinary effect of I Have a Dream . And watch the video. This is approximately 17 minutes of original black and white footage.
'I have a Dream'
You can listen and watch for many elements. The content is inspiring but so too is the way it's expressed. King's language is compelling, emotive and lyrical and the delivery charged with passion.
If you're looking for pointers on: vocal variety, pausing, pace, pitch and tone, 'I have a Dream' fulfills them all.
The video is posted here with grateful thanks for it being made available for public use.