February 08, 2018
What Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Can Teach Us About Expressing Our Own Genius
- Building Dreams
Source: elephantjournal.com | Re-Post Fight For Life 2/8/2018 –
His words—spoken over half a century ago during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963— continue to inspire and move people.
That day, King tapped into something extraordinarily powerful and expressed a vision so beautiful that a mere recording can still move many of us to tears.
Have you ever wondered where the power and sheer genius of that speech may have come from? And if it might contain a takeaway for our own self-expression?
First, let’s discuss what made this speech so special:
That special something wasn’t mere skill.
With his vivid language and strong connection to the audience, King was undoubtedly a great speaker. However, his experience alone does not explain the enduring appeal of “I Have a Dream.” King already had strong oratory skills before the March on Washington, yet the words he spoke during that event somehow rose above all the other speeches of his life.
While King’s oratory strength enhanced the delivery of his words, we cannot reduce the magic of those words to mere talent. A speech by a great speaker is not necessarily a great speech unless it has a lasting impact on society.