Quick Tips on Writing an Inspiring Speech like Martin Luther King's
𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝘼𝙣𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙧: It is because of the repetitive use of inspiring and action-prompting phrases in his speech. This helps the audience to imagine the wonderful world they will be a part of if something has been done or achieved. This is a trick that the former President of U.S. Barack Obama likes to use a lot too!
𝟭. 𝗡𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲...⌛
Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
𝟮. 𝗪𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗱...👊
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
𝟯. 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺...🌈
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!
𝟰. 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗵, 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼...💪
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
𝟱. 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴...🔔
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring...
Read the full script of Martin Luther King's speech here.