Monday, September 9, 2013

Dr. King’s Dream Speech: A Visual Mapping

This is fascinating. From Teaching Now:

In the video clip below, presentation expert and graphic designer Nancy Duarte uses
a visual-display tool to analyze the shape and rhetorical patterns of Martin
Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. She notes that, broken
down visually, the speech looks "more like poetry or short pieces of prose
than what you'd expect a speech to look like." She then maps out and
explores King's heavy use of repetition, metaphor, songs and scripture, and
references to political documents. (Mere slides, she notes, wouldn't have had
nearly the same visual effect as King's powerful use of metaphor.)

On King's allusions to spirituals and scripture (including in the famous "Free at
coda), Duarte observes:

What Dr. King did [was] reach into the heart of his audience. He identified things that were already there and resonated deeply with those things. And he utilized them throughout his speech to persuade the audience to work for equality for all men.

Watch  here (5:37 minutes).


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