Name: Brigitte M.

Jones_____________ Date: _11/22/08_________________

Informative Speech Outline:
Topic/Title: Martin Luther King Jr.___________________________________________ Introduction: Purpose: To inform the audience that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream just as we all do._ Specific Purpose: _To inform the audience that he had a dream that one day his four children could grow up and not be judged by the color of their skin as he was, but by their character. Attention getter: _Every individual has a dream whether it be to graduate college, be successful in life, discover who their parents are, or even just to be treated fairly. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed that one day all blacks and whites could join together and be one. He desired to help that change occur and losing his life was the outcome. He will always be remembered for his “dream” and courage. However, a dream requires belief and support, which Dr. King never gave up even when everything seems as if that day was the last. Dr. King’s life was a struggle just as anyone else’s. He made choices that helped him overcome the obstacles in his life._ Preview statement: _The three major focuses in regards to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are his life growing up, the dream that he strongly supported, and the results after his dream was announced. Body: I. Main point #1: _Martin Luther King Jr. grew up during the Civil rights movement and he experienced a segregated lifestyle. He struggled being an African American and having a family. Yet he remained firm on what he believed.

A. Support for #1:_ Martin Luther King Jr. “attended segregated public schools in Georgia, graduating from high school at the age of fifteen; he received the B. A. institution of Degree in 1948 from Morehouse College, a distinguished Negro Atlanta from which both his father and grandfather had graduated”

( Even though he was an African American, he desired to finish school and make a future for himself. Regardless of his skin color, he succeeded. B. Support for #1:_ He led “the civil rights movement in the United States [a]advocating nonviolent protest against segregation and racial discrimination” ( Dr. King represented his dream just as any willing other person would. He knew what he wanted for his family and he wasn’t to stop until he acquired it. C. Support for #1:_ He was “a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National organization of Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading its kind in the nation”

( He represented truth, courage, determination, freedom, and equality. II. Main point #2: _Kings said, “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” ( A. Support for #2:_King experienced many different things while fighting for what he

believed. “During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank” ( nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html). Yet he didn’t let those things stop him. B. Support for #2:_Over the years, Dr. King “led a massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, that caught the attention of the entire world, providing what he called a coalition of conscience. and inspiring his ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’, a manifesto of the Negro revolution; [and] he planned Negroes as voters” ( He worked to be heard in all cases around the world. C. Support for #2:_He was a symbolic leader to Black Americans and the world. Many awards and honors later, he “directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., of 250,000 people to whom he delivered his address, "l Have a Dream", he conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon at least four B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted times” the drives in Alabama for the registration of

( III. (Main point #3): After he delivered his speech, he was the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Everything appeared as if tables may be turning and a positive result may occur. However, that was not the case.

A. Support for #3:_The night of April 4, 1968, Dr. King was standing on his balcony in his motel room in Tennessee, “where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated”

( Although he was a remarkable man, others didn’t agree with his beliefs. B. Support for #3:_He will always be remembered for bringing healing and hope to America. “We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his dignity, humility and empowered his example -- the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and leadership”

( C. Support for #3:_The long term result benefited America as a whole. “No other day of the year brings so many people from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are AfricanAmerican, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or AsianKing, Jr. had for American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther America”

( Conclusion: Summary/review statement: Just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, so do us all. The dream can range from graduating high school to having a family, either way, believed and he as long as one believes that success is achievable than it is. He achieved. Just because he paid the ultimate price doesn’t

mean everyone has to. Concluding remarks: Now that you know the struggles he overcame to accomplish his “dream”, stop and think about your own and how you can achieve it. Visual Aid (s): What type of visual aid(s) will you use? I will use a few images to express the way life was back in Dr. Kings life and the way life is today thanks to his heroic actions. What equipment will you need? I will need a video recorder, a laptop computer, light to make sure the recording goes well, and possibly a table to place everything on.

Works Cited The King Center. MLK Online.

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