At the 1963 March on Washington, American Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of his most famous speeches in history on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the height of the African American civil rights movement. King maintains an overall passionate tone throughout the speech, but in the beginning, he projected a more urgent, cautionary, earnest, and reverent tone to set the audience up for his message. Towards the end, his tone becomes more hopeful, optimistic, and uplifting to inspire his audience to listen to his message: take action against racial segregation and discrimination in a peaceful manner. Targeting black and white Americans with Christian beliefs, King exposes the American public to the injustice
The Civil Rights movement played a very dominant role in African-Americans life in establishing equal rights for all Americans. Even though King Jr. protested in the peaceful manner, the racists burnt down many African-American churches to state their opinion on equal rights to them. But still after so many years, some African-Americans face some injustice and inequality today in their daily day to day life. He believed injustice can be made into justice by three ways, one is hopelessness, next is violence and the third one is non violence. He chose the third one and fought injustice and succeeded.
In the beginning of the speech, King goes back to the Constitution and Declaration of Independence stating that ”....all men, black or white, were to be granted the same rights” (Declaration of Independence). King goes on to explain how this right has not been kept, making it appear to be similar to a laid-back rule. Ethically most people believe that it is necessary to keep a promise.
Not only did he talk about him, but talked about the day we know as Martin Luther King Day and how King identified himself as a very biblical/holy man. This gave him the idea that he wanted the people to see him as the new Moses. Dr. King had major contribution too the Mississippi Freedom Summer, where they marched from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. He was in the process of meeting Malcolm X, a former black Muslim leader, but King was arrested and Malcolm was killed just a few days after. Within his final part of his life he was fighting for the struggle of the rights of the working class.
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King has progressed from what professor Jonathan Rieder calls a “Diplomat” to a “Prophet.” This clear declaration of self-sufficiency reflects his ultimate sentiment: while he would like the support of his audience, he and his brothers and sisters will persevere and succeed even without it. He establishes this by referring to the greatest indignity in black American history – slavery – and yet owning that period with optimism, as an indication that the black man will triumph over any adversity. What gives them such exceptional power is that they operate with the protection of both the secular (“the sacred heritage of our nation”) and the divine (“the eternal will of God.”) Echoing his earlier arguments that the law and morality cannot be considered as independent concepts, he insists that he will triumph because he believes in justice, and implicitly warns those who do not join him that they are cowardly, promoting injustice instead.
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a very famous speech called “I Have a Dream,” which made this reality possible for people of all races in the world. In this speech, Martin Luther King Jr. called an end to racism. King described his dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred. He believed that the nation should respect one another, and to not be judgmental based on the color of one’s skin. Contextual Overview:
On August 28, 1963 thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC during the March on Washington Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King gave the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which was recognized for assembling supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dr. King’s speech was tremendously significant during this period and today, because he spoke about the injustices of racism, segregation, and discrimination of African Americans in this nation, which still exist today. Dr. King knew his speech would resonate and serve as a purpose for change in this nation for centuries to come, as he began his speech and said “I am happy to join with you all today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration
Even in times when things got violent, Dr. Martin Luther king jr. and his followers pushed on for equality and freedom from prejudice peacefully. There were also many other people he looked up to for example, Henry David Thoreau, Bayard Rustin, and benjamin Mays. The March on Washington
We all know that the power of the Black community in America came from deep in their soul. Their strength and will to fight segregation , and their love can be felt in the civil rights movement. Their ability to express their minds in a non- violent way connects to the soul music that James Brown created. James Brown’s music was a mixture of R&B and gospel. Which in a way connects to what Dr. Martin Luther King was trying to do during the civil rights movement.
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