The purpose of Martin Luther King writing the letter from Birmingham was because he wanted everybody to be equal and there should not be any slavery. The reason why Martin Luther King wrote this letter was because of what happened to the little girl,could not go into the park because blacks and only whites could go into the park. Martin Luther King wants everybody to be equal and nobody should be treated differently .My opinion to this writing is that this letter is about that everybody should all be the same and be treated the same.
In James Baldwin’s “Letter to my nephew”, he communicates to his nephew, that he needs to have enough courage to fight segregation of the 60s. No matter the hardships, that may come as the result of him pursuing something he believes in. “To act is to be committed and to be committed is to be in danger. ”from Baldwin’s letter mimics Atticus’ definition of “courage”.
In Rankins book Citizen and Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son we learn that the books are about the racial differences of the past and present. We learn that in Notes of a Native Son it captures a view on the black life of a father and son at the peak of the civil rights movement. These harsh times allow Baldwin to wonder and doubling back to a state of grace. While in Citizen we learn that our experiences of race are often beginning in the unconsciousness and in the imagination and tangled in words. Rankine shows how dynamic of racial selves are not isolated but also shared.
If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is? By James Baldwin explains to the reader what black English is and where black English comes from. Baldwin writes about how humans use language as a means of controlling the world around them. Baldwin explains that people may speak the same language in one area of the world, but then people who speak the same language elsewhere are no longer speaking the same language. Baldwin using French as an exampling, Baldwin compares french-speaking people from Quebec to people who live in Paris.
While reading James Baldwin's Notes of A Native Son the reader witnesses a series of finely structured sentences. The most moving perhaps, is the final sentence of the penultimate paragraph where in which Baldwin states: "Hatred,which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man that hated and this was an immutable law" This quote acts a thesis for the entire essay, in one perspective it speaks on the destruction of his father's body while on his death bed. The extreme hubris and stubborn attitude held for much of the father's life, which drove so many people away, was eradicated when he was overcome with sickness. Likening the man, at least in Baldwin's eyes, to that of a ruin.
Though many changes have transpired in America since the days of slavery, adversity, absence of chances and issues such unfairness and prejudice, which proceeds to gradually develop and encounter by a few, regularly thwarts one from prevailing. The topics of injustice and racism were greatly discussed in all the three letters from James Baldwin, Dr. Martin Luther King and Ta-Nehisi Coates. I thought all three letters were very powerful pieces, as they were beautifully written, reflective and moving. “My Dungeon Shook” by James Baldwin is a captivating read, it entails the social struggles faced in the US by African Americans and white stereotypes of black identity.
I agree with James Baldwin’s argument, because like me, he sees sit in protest as something that shouldn’t be labeled passive, but something that should be seen as an act of bravery he explains this by saying: “I don’t agree that it is necessarily passive. I think it demands a tremendous amount of power, both in one’s personal life and in terms of political or polemical activity, sometimes to sit down and do nothing-or seem to do nothing” (Baldwin). The sit in movement as I see were black taking action and demanding what they want in a country that has oppressed them for hundreds of years. An example of the power of the sit in movement is The Greensboro Protest of 1960 when four students from black Agricultural and Technical College of North
Author James Baldwin once said, “You write in order to change the world . . . if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it” (Banks). Baldwin himself kept this attitude throughout his life, dedicating it and his work to changing the world. He struggled with his identity, sexuality, family life, and origin, but learned to embrace these challenges through writing. As a prominent black writer of the 1950s and 60s, he established a legacy that lives on in our current American society by exposing black and white Americans of his time to the realities of racism.
Have you ever been affected by race in your life? Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior is an outcome of racism. Racism is a big conflict in today’s society and effect many lives. In the two stories “Champion of the Word” by Maya Angelou and “Black Men and Public Space” by Brent Staples , race was the big social view being discussed. Racist ideology can become manifest in many aspects of social life.
“I Am Not Your Negro,” is not a documentary on Baldwin, and yet it is. The bright, infuriating and countless educated African American writer who belongs on any waiting list of the most significant American intellectuals of the 20th century. It is also a lot of other things, incorporating a visual-poetic paper outlining the surprising threads of similarity between America today and America in the mid-1960s , also an aim to intertwine the stories of 3 important Black leaders killed in that era, whom James knew well: Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X , and Medgar Evers. In the late ’70s, James set out to compose a book about those 3 men that he never completed. His incomplete notes for that assignment, which he intend to call “Remember This House,” are the beginning point for Peck’s movie.