As Brent Staples explains in his essay “Black Men and Public Space,” black people deal with many problems, from discrimination, and he explains these points in an orderly manner and each very thoroughly. Over the existence of the United States, blacks have had to face oppression due to the prejudices views held against this. America views every black person as the same and judges them based on the actions of others. It is for this reason that all blacks are judged based on the book of a cover without being able to show the world who they really are. As Norman Podhoretz stated in his Essay “My Negro Problem - and Ours,” “growing up in terror of black males; they were tougher than we were, more ruthless...”
These three themes shaped the heart of King’s faith and theology. King's commitment to nonviolence came from Christianity. King always believed that black people were Americans and were equal to whites. He felt as though faith could bring change in to the world. King often used the word Zeitgeist to refer to his belief that “the universe is under control of a loving purpose, and
The bible references reassure the audience that the use of nonviolent protest is the optimal way for them to go about working to correct injustice in society. In his speech, “Give Us the Ballot”, Reverend Martin Luther King speaks passionately about the need for African American suffrage while also suggesting that politicians and sympathetic
America during the mid-20th century still had to confront the issue of segregation. There was virtually no existence of love between whites and blacks. Despite the abolishment of slavery, the racial tension increased nonstop. Knowing that segregation could not be prolonged just like slavery, Dr. King called everyone to love one another and even African-Americans need to love the whites who treated them poorly. He pointed out that “love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of our world” (Chapter 5, Page 44).
Langston Hughes was an African-American poet, author, and playwright and his theme to his works made him and contributor to the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. He attended Columbia University, but only stayed there one year and left to travel. He published his first poem in 1921 and his first book in 1926. His poetry and books were promoted by Vachel Lindsay.
At a time when racial tensions were beginning to run high, during the baby steps of the Civil Rights Movement, Graham was key as not only an advocate of ending segregation - but one who spoke with authority from Christian values. Working with Howard Jones from 1957, he brought evangelism to where the minorities were (Harlem, Brooklyn). It would still be some years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but Grahams work still helped pave the way for such an act. Upon Martin Luther King Jrs death, billygraham.org quotes him as saying “Had it not been for the ministry of my good friend Dr. Billy Graham, my work in the Civil Rights Movement would not have been as successful as it has been,”. Work between the two, including Graham’s crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957 with Jones, where King gave the invocation, is credited for its influence on tensions between races in the South.
An anonymous person once said that “we aren’t called to shine our own lights; we are called to reflect His.” A born again Christian, once fully understanding the gospel and putting his or hers trust in Jesus, will desire to want to grow and obey God in order to honor and glorify Him, and since the only one who kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus, then one will want manifest and imitate Christ in everything he or she does. Not only does reflecting Christ’s image glorify God, it stands out to others as well. All true believers experience radical change because of the Spirit, and that change shines like a bright light towards other people leading them to ask, wonder, and desire that change and growth in their own lives as
During this time period, racism plagued society and divided a “united” nation. Malcolm X used examples of the grievances placed upon the African American population as a whole, while MLK used more specific examples. For instance, Malcolm X continually mentioned the “22 million Afro-Americans” that are denied their basic human rights. He did this to convey the message that
Martin Luther King 's father was a famous preacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Martin Luther King Jr also became a preacher following in his father’s footsteps. He influenced others by being a good preacher in church talking about God. Next, Martin Luther King Jr helped change the world with his accomplishments. He was known for speaking for the civil rights for blacks.
II. DEAR GOD Although oppression and discrimination appear to be the main issues explored, Walker uses religion as a binding force, buffering the two other themes and as an insightful vehicle for widening audience appeal and empathy through the common voice of Christianity. Walker’s narration of the novel through a series of letters addressed “Dear God” subtly reinforces these other two themes and provides a raw account of Celie’s experiences through a shared audience perspective. The constant referral to Christianity is used to not only highlight Celie’s development as a character, but to also emphasise the importance religion and spirituality held in black communities and American society at the time. Arguably the most effective of Walker’s literary techniques, these letters allow the reader to understand Celie through a sense of character voice.
This poem begins with saying the highest form of praise to God, which is “hallelujah”. It is as though African Americans during the civil war are using the Lord and trying to move other slaves to join the union through praising God. Many African Americans became born again Christians, so this song reaches to other born again Christian. The song has a repetitive saying of “who’ll join the union" however it also talks to others about the power of prayer. God is moving and working, however, in order to be a part of it and want his glory, it is important to take
African American abolitionist William Howard Day was born October 16, 1825 in New York City. William was raised by his mother, Eliza and father John. Day mother Eliza was a founding member of the first AME Zion church and an abolitionist. Day father was a sail maker who fought in the War of 1812 and in Algiers, in 1815, and died when William was four. As a child William mother gave him away to a white ink manufacturer who advocated the abolitionist and temperance movement.
He describes some of the unjust laws that African Americans had faced and goes on to tell about why these unjust laws on minorities should be broken and challenged. For example, he tells about the unjust law of being put be hide bars for parading and being denied the right to vote. He tells how unjust laws can be degrading to human personality and that all segregation acts are unjust laws. King states that it is his moral responsibility to stand up against the unjust laws that rule African American’s lives. He agreed with St. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all."
It may not be everywhere, but in many instances blacks fight over things that are irrelevant in the time we are living. Their eyes could be focused on vital things of life and the life to come, yet they continue to walk down the path that whties have led us to. Another issue that arises from slavery and Willie Lynch’s speech is self-hatred. Many African Americans have grown to hate “skin that they are in”. This causes them to continuously strive to be something that they are not.
While God’s a-Gonna Trouble the Water has very mournful tone and almost appears to be trying to give the slaves hope that, someday, God will help them, Crockett’s New Prophet Church hymn has a far happier feel and seems as though the weight has been lifted off of the African American’s shoulders. Crockett’s hymn may not be the kind of spiritual that we normally read in class, full of repression and underlying hatred, but it shows that even though times may be changing, there is still hope found in the vernacular tradition. Music can be used to inspire emotions in others that mere words could never accomplish, and a person 's favorite song can say more about them than any narrative. Crockett’s song showed that her “Soul so happy till I kain