Martin Luther's Speech Analysis

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There have been several people over the years who have made a significant impact on our country. These people continue to go down in history and we inform later generations of their significance. Today, we continue to get taught repeatedly how significant these people were to our nation. There is one man, by the name of Martin Luther King Jr, who made a huge impact to our country. He was a Baptist pastor who played an important role in the civil rights movement. He believed people should have civil rights no matter what your race was. On April 4, 1976, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech at Riverside Church in New York City. Luther's speech, "Beyond Vietnam," became a famous address about the Vietnam War. This speech addresses a "link…show more content…
This speech made others aware of these issues and alarmed several supporters of the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. used his strengths and skills to "point out the hypocrisy of U.S. foreign affairs in view of the sorry domestic state of equality in America " (Knight). This speech was known as the turning point of the Vietnam War. In his speech, he talked about how he wanted the United States to conclude all the bombing of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Luther was one of the many supporter of President Lyndon Johnson, however, "he became increasingly concerned about U.S. involvement in Vietnam and, as his concerns became more public, his relationship with the Johnson administration deteriorated" (“Martin Luther King, Jr., Speaks out against the War”). In his speech, Luther discussed how both whites and blacks were fighting together for our nations, yet if they were here, they would not even be close to each other: " So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor" ("Beyond Vietnam"). From this speech, we can all learn about the issues that occurred within the United
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