The speech starts with events and characters of the past like: “a great American” and “Emancipation Proclamation”. "The proclamation declared that all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free". Later in the speech Martin Luther King makes a main point that one hundred years later the black people still are not free. In his speech, I think Martin Luther King
Both King and Douglass were advocating for the same thing: their constitutional sanction of freedom. Both men, in their respective letters touch upon parallel thoughts and beliefs that revolve around the much bigger topic of racial inequality and discrimination. Both men were discriminated against and they talk about their experiences and plight in their very distinctive yet special styles. Born in the year 1817, in an era of open and unashamed slave trade, Frederick Douglass’s story begins as a serf to Mrs. Hugh in the city of Maryland. Eventually, he got his education and his freedom and escaped the slave trade, after having suffered repeatedly at the hands of his ‘owners’.
Martin Luther King Jr. creates this urgency by using the phrase “Now is the time..” multiple times to bring hope to the audience that they do not want changes as early as tomorrow because they want it now. He creates this excitement in their minds that they will get their freedom right now. At the end of his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. connects with the audience emotionally that every state, every religion, every color, every nationality, and every citizen in general must be treated equally. Martin Luther King Jr. effectively uses ethos to touch with the audience to make a strong argument. In conclusion, Martin Luther King Jr. effectively justifies his argument that black people need to be treated like everyone else through ethos, pathos, and logos.
The most notable example of imagery in his speech is when King describes his hopes for the future as "black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." This example shows Martin Luther King Jr.'s hopes for the future; he wants to live in a country where everyone sees each other as equals. Background information needed to understand this use of imagery is knowing about the discrimination occurring at the time, especially in the southern states where most of the violence occurred. By providing these specific details, the audience can virtually experience what King is demonstrating. After hearing and visualizing King's hopes for the future, the audience cannot help but feel motivated to help the world become a better place.
Are African-Americans still slaves for the white people? Well, I believe they used to be slaves for the white people and were treated differently. Thankfully, there was a man who stood up and made the first step in solving the conflict in discrimination. His name was Dred Scott. Dred Scott was an American hero who was known as a savior to the African-American people.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister and social activist, and he was in charge of the American civil rights movement. He was fighting for human rights for African-Americans. His major claim in “Letter From a Birmingham Jail”, is to spread justice in the country and how the nonviolent can resist racism, violence between people. One of the important sub claim that he mentions in his letter is “This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘never’ We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that justice too long delayed is justice denied” ( King paragraph 11). This quote is important because if people in power still say “wait” for justice to be fix then, that will be ‘Never’ be fixed.
The blacks did not believe in what the whites preached. According to Sarah Fitzpatrick, a black slave, she said that on Sunday the whites wanted them to go to church, to Sunday school and to read the Catechism, but on Monday there was no comparison with them, if they did not obey they punished them. She believed that all of Christianity was to try that the blacks thinks that white were good people, when in fact they were not. The blacks do not stay behind, they use the texts of the bible for their own interpretation of the story, for example the Southern African American preacher says that “got so scared that his hair stand straight and his face turn right pale — and sisters and brothers, there am what the first white man come
The idea of them being an unfit race who was in need of probation and instruction seemed to more closely relate to white Klansmen of the South. Their actions spoke louder than words and it seemed as though they were begging to be put in their place. African Americans were not to be punished, if anything it was the white men. They enslaved African Americans, beat, and battered them for years yet when they finally get their freedom it’s as though life will never continue to flourish. The South proved that they needed probation that was never forced upon them.
Washington believe African Americans deserve equal rights, yet the government continuously declines these rights on the notion that African Americans are an inferior race. Washington argues that it is important for African Americans to have equal rights, but he also believes African Americans need to find a way to be prepared for their newfound privileges. In his Atlanta Compromise speech, Washington states, “It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of these privileges.”(Washington 2) In this quote, Booker T. Washington evinces his viewpoint by crediting privileges in the constitution must be presented upon every citizen of the United States, but he advises his fellow African Americans to be wary of their newfound rights. Like Washington, Dubois also believes that African Americans deserve equal rights. In his Niagara Movement speech, he states, “We will not be satisfied to take on jot or tittle less than our full manhood rights.”(Dubois 1) This quote expounds W.E.B Dubois’ viewpoint as being similar to Washington in that both men believe that African Americans deserve equal rights, yet they are continuously being being refused these