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Ohio Northern University -
The booming words "I Have a Dream," echoed through crowds in Washington 50 years ago. Martin Luther King Jr's speech is remembered to this day, and is cited as an example by many public speaking professors...but why?
Communication Professor Jennifer Walton, at Ohio Northern University, says it has to do with the energy of the crowd and simple yet powerful words. Behind those words, passion for the cause, an enthusiastic crowd, and a powerful delivery.
On the 50th anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech, Bill Robinson looks back at Martin Luther King Jr, his speech, and one of his final campus visits when he traveled to Ohio Northern on January 11, 1968.
The I Have a Dream speech continues to be used as an example by teachers, when educating students on what it takes to have a powerful speech.