For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Speech and Debate explains what makes a speech great


Avni Prasad

Martin Luther King Jr. was not only a Civil Rights Leader, he was not only a humanitarian visionary, but he was also a skillful orator. Fifty three years after MLK delivered his speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial, the “I Have a Dream” speech still finds it way into history classrooms as a powerful primary source and into English classrooms as an ideal argumentative sample piece and.

Forty eight years after his death, MLK’s legacy lives on as Speech and Debate members attend the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. tournament. To find success, members analyze the difference between a good speech and a great speech like MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Reporting by Aditya Krishnan and Avni Prasad