The Power of Emotions “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This is a well-known quote is the artwork of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. whose speech at the “March on Washington” in 1963 rang throughout the United States of America. At the time, society had disregarded Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to end segregation, continuing on with hatred and oppression aimed at those of the Black community. However, Martin Luther King refused to accept being a bystanding within the minority and created a movement to change the course of history forever. His goals were simple; freedom, unity, equality, but his determination
During the 20th century, racism was a very large issue in America. Abraham Lincoln had freed all the slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863; however, that did not get rid of the large amount of segregation and violence towards black Americans. During the Civil Rights Movement, that started in 1954, there were many African American activists fighting for freedom and equality. The most significant of these activists was Martin Luther King, Jr. One of King’s most influential speeches, I Have A Dream, was delivered during one of the largest rallies of the Civil Rights Movement, The March on Washington. King’s main purpose in this speech was to convince all of America to stand up against injustice and fight for the freedoms that
The person who said, “ You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has freedom.” That was Malcolm-X, a man who was an icon to the world. Malcolm-X was a very influential role in Civil Rights movement. His ideas and speeches led to independence for african americans in the late sixties and early seventies. Malcolm was a true advocate, fighting for the rights of blacks and helped many people see what the true meaning of equality. A great deal happen before his assassination like his early life and how he became a big figure for african americans.
The United States was very prominent with the racism and unjust treatment of African Americans in the 20th century. Because of the law that was corrupt and because of the victimization of African Americans, civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech on August 28, 1963. He gave a speech to thousands of people in order to end segregation, racism, and the unjust treatment of African Americans. Not only did King have a goal to end racism across the nation, but he fought so that there would be equal rights throughout the nation as well. King uses rhetorical features such as repetition, metaphors, allusion, hyperbole, along with both ethos and pathos throughout his speech.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave what is considered the most important address regarding racial equality, it was called I Have a Dream. Hundreds of thousands of civil rights supporters gathered to be empowered and spread their beliefs to the world. His speech pointed out some of the mains issues of race within society. He explained that the African Americans in the USA were still not free, that they were not given the same opportunities as the white Americans. He brought to light issues of segregation and police brutality.
As Martin Luther King once said,“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”. Martin Luther King born January 15,1929 was an advocate speaker for freedom and jobs of African Americans. This resolute and genial man played a main role in the ending of segregation of African Americans. Washington’s Post, “Worsening, unchecked segregation in K - 12 public schools,” Washington’s Post, “American,” Dr. Martin Luther Kings Speech assert the forthright problems Martin Luther King could fix if he were alive today. Although many claim that there peace in America it is evident that America still encounters many problems that Martin Luther King can solve if he was here today.
Both their speeches, “I Have a Dream” and “The Ballot or the Bullet” may have shared some common traits, but at the same time, differed greatly in various aspects. Martin Luther King’s speech, “I Have a Dream” is vastly recognized as one of the best speeches ever given. His passionate demand for racial justice and an integrated society became popular throughout the Black community. His words proved to give the nation a new vocabulary to express what was happening to them. Martin was famously a pacifist, so in his speech, he advocated peaceful protesting and passively fighting against racial segregation.
People might wonder what was so great about Malcolm X and what made him who he is today? Malcolm X was an inspiration towards African Americans. He led by example and stood up for his rights. He wanted change and worked his hardest for black people, like himself, to have fair opportunities as white men had. His assassination did not fall short because he did everything he could during his lifetime for African Americans to have equal rights and was one of the most influential leaders towards black men.
King also used pathos by convincing his audience that there was going to be an end to the struggle and troubled time as he mentioned “Now is the time.” The use of pathos in Dr. King’s speech helped in influencing his audience by appealing to their emotions, fears, and desires. Many times throughout the speech, King used and repeated the phrase “I Have a Dream”. The repetition of this phrase gave his audience a sense of hope and optimism. King also constantly showed sympathy to Negros who have experienced racial inequality. For example, he says “Negro finds himself in exile in his own land.” Not only did this phrase show his empathy on Negros and their unfair treatment, but it also appealed to his audience’s emotions and lead them too, black or white, to have compassion as well.
One of the major goals of the American Civil Rights movement was to give all people, regardless of race, equal rights. In the United States, civil rights are supposed to be for all people. Throughout history, people have had to fight for their rights when others tried to deny them. Today, all people enjoy the benefits of civil rights advocates. Martin Luther King Jr. changed the course of history.