Obama marks 50th anniversary of King’s ‘dream’ speech
Commemorating one of the 20th century’s greatest addresses, a black president embodies the change the civil rights leader called for. How do speechwriters prepare for such occasions?
For President Obama on Wednesday, it might have seemed that just showing up would be a powerful enough statement. After all, he is the first African-American president, and he stood before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to speak on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “ I Have a Dream ” speech. Oratory demands words, not just a wave from the podium. So, how do you follow a speech that many consider the greatest of the 20th century? For one read more...
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