What King, Kennedy, Obama’s great speeches have in common


Two of history’s great rhetoricians – Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert F Kennedy – were assassinated 50 years ago.

Their words have resonance today, writes Benjamin Ramm.

  • Benjamin Ramm
  • BBC

Popular volumes of great speeches celebrate the mastery of the art of persuasion.

Krey 1aThese tomes are full of rhetorical flourishes, of stirring appeals to universal ideals, with elevated cadences and effortless assurances.

But two of the most significant rhetoricians of the 20th Century, both of whom were assassinated 50 years ago this year, delivered speeches that were infused with doubt, with a…

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