During 1964 President John F. Kennedy suggested that the whole nation should act upon treating all blacks equally he achieved this goal by passing a bill to end segregation. Before this bill was passed it was up for debate. As a Black Nationalist freedom fighter Malcolm X gave a powerful speech. Malcolm X led the Black Nationalism which was a political and social movement to help blacks acquire racial equality in the economy. Malcolm X the Ballot or The Bullet states that every single black faced the same problem being the only ones who can fix it.
The first leader, Martin Luther King Jr., was a reverend from Atlanta, Georgia, who advocated peace and tolerance between all races. He led huge numbers of people in protests against injustice and inequality, but he always insisted that his protests be peaceful and representative of love between different groups of people. His way of thinking would lead to the advancement of civil rights ideals for decades to come following his assassination, which left the movement in shock. Another leader who had tremendous influence and cultural significance was Malcolm X. X took his name because he considered his original name, Malcolm Little, to be a slave name and therefore unrepresentative of who he was. This mentality of separation from traditionally white culture
He assumed that he could not persuade the president to agree to sign the Voting Rights Act. But Martin Luther King Jr. proved to President Lyndon B. Johnson about how sincere he and the citizens were to earn right to vote in Alabama. Finally, Mr. Johnson thought about what Martin requested and changed the laws so African Americans could vote. Martin Luther King Jr. has made a great impact on our lives, he helped change the law so Negroes could vote, and he was a great leader to all African American and citizens. He had a vision of how there was no racism in the community and how people are allowed to live their lives freely.
In Coates’s letter to his son, he wrote about the racial injustices that African Americans lived through from now and back then. Although most Americans believe that all the promises of the Civil Rights Movement have been realized based on Obama’s speech on Selma, after analyzing a Langston Hughes poem, Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter, and the article “A Letter To My Son” it is clear that we still have a long way from truly ridding America of racial tensions and progressing toward becoming a more integrated America. If you were to look at the world through the eyes of an African American back in the 1950’s, you would notice that everything is in black and white rather than color.
Supporters of this movement united so that the racist laws of segregation would be changed. On August 28, 1963, in Washington D.C., the famous March on Washington took place. Over 200,000 people gathered to bring attention to all the social challenges African Americans faced. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech took place in the Lincoln monument, which was ironic because exactly a hundred years earlier, Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address and was trying to put an end to slavery. All things considered, the patient and peaceful attitude that the African Americans had throughout the movement are why the Civil Rights Act was passed in
to the assassination of his own brother, John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Five years prior to Dr. King but still very difficult for the Robert to talk about. In fact, he rarely discussed his brother’s death which gives it more weight in bringing it up at this crucial moment. He states that he knows what Black America feels at the hands of a white man because his own brother was also killed by a white man. Kennedy stresses that he understands what the country is going through and he understands the state of division that the nation is in, and he invites the country along a path to unity and peace.
Martin Luther King Jnr is one of the twentieth century’s most famous Baptist leaders; an American Baptist pastor, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement for which he espoused and practiced nonviolent civil disobedience. He embodied a concern for social justice and not just personal salvation. In his own words: “It has been my conviction ever since reading Rauschenbusch that any religion which professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the social and economic conditions that scar the soul is a spiritually moribund religion.” King’s Christmas Sermon of 1967 echoed his famous “I have a dream” speech. Despite setbacks of the struggle, he maintained a vision for a better world where diversity is embraced and the difference is celebrated rather than despised as of lesser value. His prophetic appeal drew on biblical convictions about equality (e.g., Galatians 3:26-28).
Nat returned because he felt he had deserted those who believed in him and depended on his leadership .Nat’s word, his bond and what people thought of him, meant more than his individual freedom. “No greater Love than the act of one that sacrifice that another may endure” In August, 1831, Nat Turner led a group of enslaved and free black men in a rebellion that killed over fifty white men, women, and children (Locke & Wright, 1983). Nat Turner interpreted his rebellion as an act of God. While he awaited trial, Turner spoke with the white attorney, Thomas Ruffin Gray, who wrote their discussions and filed them. Nat explained that it was as an act of God.
On August 28, 1963, 200,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to listen to Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his infamous, "I Have a Dream," speech. He was a civil rights activist, and in his speech he describes the injustices of segregation and discrimination of African Americans taking place in our nation. King's purpose is to provoke a change in the minds and hearts of the American people. He adopts a determined tone in order to appeal to similar feelings of his audience who want the freedom and civil rights that other citizens have. King effectively convinces his audience that racism and segregation should be terminated by using rhetorical appeals such as ethos, logos, and pathos.
This brought great sorrow throughout the nation. Many followers of King did not know what was going to happen after his death. However, they did not want all the hard work King did to disappear into nothing. His followers continued to fight for the equality, and eventually, even though it is not perfect today, have created a better world for all children of America. In conclusion, Martin Luther King Jr. was a very valiant and eye-catching man.
Dr. Patrick Miller gave an amazing and interesting speech on the issue of the Confederate flag and monuments. The presenter went through the history of what the Confederate flag once stood for and how it became a symbol that affects minorities today. I really like how he was able to relate everything that was occurring in modern times. Something that surprised me is the vast amount of monuments that are still stand to this very day. Dr. Miller told the audience the great lengths people have gone to remove anything that is related to the Confederacy, for example, the many schools in the south were renamed after Obama since they were originally named after Confederate fugues, such as: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis.
“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.” Fortunately, King’s and other people’s hope was completed but it wasn’t an easy task to do. During the time King was writing the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, the African-American Civil Rights Movement was proceeding. Men and Women were protesting for the equal rights of “colored people”, to overcome racial injustice in the USA and Martin Luther King Jr. was a major part of it. He was one of the main leaders of this movement; this