The "Integrative" Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

  title={The "Integrative" Rhetoric of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech},
  author={Mark T. Vail},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  pages={51 - 78}
  • Mark T. Vail
  • Published 5 June 2006
  • Art
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech exhibits an "integrative" rhetorical style that mirrors and maintains King's call for a racially integrated America. Employing the theoretical concepts of voice merging, dynamic spectacle, and the prophetic voice, this essay examines how text and context converge to form a rhetorical moment consonant with the goals of the speech, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the nonviolent direct-action civil rights movement. 

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