Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. depict a society that was built on the remnants of slavery within “Racism: The Cancer that is Destroying America” and “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. depict a society that was built on the remnants of slavery. With racism and segregation at the core of everyday life, both men joined the Civil Rights Movement with determination to make a change. Working towards the common goal of African American civil rights during the 1960’s, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X took a stand for civil justice in contrasting ways. Within their writing, both men used the theme of racism to convey a direct tone, used differing keywords and phrases, and referenced religious beliefs.
Malcolm X followed Muslim principles and believed that he would protest “by any means necessary.” He would do whatever needed in order to obtain freedom for African-Americans whether it be violence or nonviolent. Malcolm opposed integration and believed that blacks needed to fend for themselves in the fight against whites. His aim was for blacks to be completely separated from the other races so that they could develop their own homeland. His ideas proved to be controversial. Although his leadership was helpful in terms of spreading black nationalism, his ideas of “complete segregation’ wasn’t prefered by many.
On August 28th, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave us one of one of the most rhetorically moving speeches ever given. Titled as the “I Have a Dream Speech,” he read this speech to the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. As a civil right mover he gave this great speech to all Americans (black and white) so that he could give off the idea of equality on the same level. Because of his crowd of mix races King made sure to make his speech imploring to all no matter what the race that they may be. He uses metaphorical imagery, powerful diction,and symbolism to create an impact on the audience. King’s dialect showed the audience civil right issues, involving many rhetorical strategies using ethos, logos, and pathos, to a racially tempered crowd whom he viewed as different, but not equal.
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a famous speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and freedom, this speech was called “I have a dream.” This speech was focused on ending racism and equal rights for African Americans during the civil rights movement. He displays a great amount of pathos, logos, and ethos in his speech. Martin Luther King Jr. displays pathos by targeting the audience’s emotion by talking about his American dream that could also be other peoples too. He shows logos by giving a sense of hope to the people that better things will come in time. Lastly he shows ethos by using authority in his speech by using quotes from two very famous documents.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were both African American leaders of the Africa-American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960’s. Although slavery had been abolished after the Civil War, Africans were still treated unequally. Both Dr. King and Malcolm X fought to gain equality between Africans and the white Americans through the use of rhetorical techniques throughout their discourses. By examining “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr. and “The Ballot or the Bullet” by Malcolm X, we observe their reliance on logos and appeal to logos in order to construct their arguments.
In Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have A Dream” address, and his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” King makes use of bothe logos and pathos in his writing. It is because of these that his writings have risen to such prominence and stirred so many to action. But while he used both logos, the use of reasoning, and pathos, the use of emotions and charged language, a careful analysis shows that they are not equal. For King has a talent for dramatic, poignant resounding language, one which he uses to full effect and is much more powerful than logos.
The Civil Rights Movement inspired racial harmony between blacks and whites in America. The Movement was led by many leaders and activists. Some of the biggest leaders/activists were Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. They both had different philosophies on how to earn freedom and civil rights. The big question is whose philosophy was better in the 1960s. Martin Luther King believed that blacks and whites should join together as one country, but the only way to achieve that was through nonviolence. Malcolm X believed that blacks and whites should work separately, but have the same rights as one another. He also thought that blacks must achieve that through any means necessary. I believe that Martin Luther King had the better philosophy. He understood that violence wouldn’t fix everything, he was extremely determined, and he wanted the black and white communities to join together as one nation.
makes it clear that he does not want segregation, and that he wants African-Americans and white people to be in the same schools. This is seen when King writes of how he wants segregated schools to be in the past. (doc D). Kig is addressing African Americans in this speech before a march. This is important because it is made obvious that he is fighting for African-Americans rights to be in the same schools as whites and to earn the same education as white children did. Malcolm X doesn’t show that same attitude as Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X fights more for an African-American community that is independent. (doc G). X’s intended focus is having an independent community because he no longer wants to be in boy scouts just for African-Americans to get jobs when they can get a job in his envisioned community. Martin Luther King Jr. , although, is willing to picket and boycott in order to get jobs, education, and equal rights because he does not want to back
Martin Luther King Jr. was an important figure in gaining civil rights throughout the 1960’s and he’s very deserving of that title as seen in both his “I Have a Dream” speech and his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” letter. In both of these writings Dr. King uses logos - logical persuasion - and pathos - emotional appeal - to change the opinions of people who were for segregation and against civil rights. Although King was arrested for a nonviolent protest, he still found a way to justify his actions with the use of logos and pathos. MLK uses both ways to gain the attention and agreement of the audience but, he uses pathos not just more, but in a more relatable way in order to appeal to his audience.
Perhaps the most prominent similarity between King's and Malcolm's speeches is the use of pathos. They appealed to the audience's emotions to persuade their audience to join their movement and concede their beliefs. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X both spoke in a way that brought fear, pity, and sadness out of their audience by speaking of the evil of segregation and slavery. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, King used words and phrases with negative connotations such as "crippled", "languished", and "unspeakable horrors" to convey how difficult it is for an African-American person to live in a racially unjust society. He uses these words so people of other races will empathize with the hardships of black citizens. Malcolm X uses certain words
Martin was raised in Atlanta, George to a religious, middle-class family with values in education. Both Martin’s father and grandfather were pastors. Their protests symbolized a desire for equality with Whites. Malcolm X was unlike King, he did not have a university education; he came from the "bottommost" of black the social order, not from the middle class. Malcolm X rejected integration and wanted to insist his blackness over and against his American identity.
Malcolm X played a large role in the movements and activism of African-Americans. Similar to Dr. King his aim was to completely defeat racism. Although he had a similar goal to Dr. King his ways of approaching his goal was quite different. Malcolm X wanted to take a more aggressive approach compared to Dr. King, “Perhaps Malcolm X's greatest contribution to society was underscoring the value of a truly free populace by demonstrating the great lengths to which human beings will go to secure their freedom”(“Malcolm X Biography”). Malcolm X believed that people will need to show how much they wanted their freedom and will fight for it physically if they don't get it otherwise. Malcolm X stated “Power in defense of freedom is greater than power
Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most influential African-American activists in American History and was a key participant in the Civil Rights movement, the goal of which was to provide full civil rights to all rights in America. MLK has written many, many speeches and letters in favor of the Civil Rights movement in America, the most famous of them being his legendary “I Have a Dream” Speech and the monumental “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. To attempt to gain support for his cause, MLK employs the use of emotional appeals, also known as pathos, and logical appeals, also known as logos, which aid to stir emotion and reasoning in the listener. It is more than obvious that MLK tends to tug at the heartstrings of his listeners with his emotionally charged language essential to his success. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uses more powerful and plentiful examples of pathos in his literature, examples of which being his “I Have a Dream” speech and his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, than logos due to the more powerful emotional connection they carry which can convince his listeners to sympathize with his civil rights movement.
It’s a war on words, Martin Luther king’s speech I have a dream compared to Malcolm X speech on the chickens come home to roost. Martin Luther king would reach out to his audience through the means of his optimism and emotion within his dream of equality for all men and women between races. Malcom X speech would reach his audience using a firm tone with a sense of realism being radical in his beliefs as he was in his solutions. During the time through the nineteen fifties and sixties where inequality was the issue with the black and white races two men worked towards making and impact in the united states. Both wanted to fix the segregation issues though both their means to do so where very different. They are different in the way they portray
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most important leaders of the civil rights movement. He graduated from a segregated high school at the age of fifteen and earned a bachelor degree at a segregated institution in Atlanta in 1948. King was known to be a strong civil rightist, and he was part of the committee known as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. On August 28, 1963, King presented his well-known speech, “I Have a Dream,” during The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom for Africans’ civil and economic rights. His “I Had a Dream” speech was known as the most influential speech that has tremendously impacted the United States forever by its powerful rhetorics and the emotional connection to the audience. “In expressing [his own emotions] with such powerful eloquence, in connecting strongly with the emotions of his listeners, and in convincing them to empathize with others, Dr. King demonstrated emotional intelligence decades before the concept had a name”(“Dr. Martin”). He demanded to end racism throughout the entire United States. King utilized repetition, metaphors, diction and rhetorical devices, that provokes ethos and pathos, throughout his speech in order to connect with his audience as well as to motivate them to stand up and fight for their freedom they well-deserve.