Robert Francis Kennedy gave one of the most important speeches of American history in the twentieth century. This speech, given just hours after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was one that had a tremendous impact on those who listened. Even today this speech has a timeless aura about it considering that this country still faces racial tension and violence every day. The speech was given on April 4th, 1968, on the same day of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Senator Robert Kennedy had just spoken at Notre Dame and Ball State University when he learned that King had been assassinated. At the time, Senator Kennedy was campaigning to become the Democratic presidential candidate.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extremely impactful activist during the Civil Rights Movement that gave over 2,500 speeches in his lifetime. Of these speeches, his most popular is his famous I Have a Dream speech that he gave on August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. during the March on Washington. Even famous speakers like Martin Luther King, Jr. use persuasive techniques to appeal to the different sides of their audiences. In order to appeal to his predominately African American audience, Martin Luther King, Jr. makes reference to Abraham Lincoln and his granting freedom to slaves by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. King also discusses his personal life, along with his family and children, to show the crowd that he is fighting for the same things as them.
The narrator gives a graduation speech expressing that humiliation is the main motivation for African American success. Since the speech was well liked, it became a hit among the city, the white leaders in the town invited the narrator to come and deliver the speech to them however, it was not like what he expected. When he walked inside,
In 1964 after coming back from a trip to Mecca he changed his views he believed that anger can blind human vision and peaceful protest was best. Malcolm X became the voice of African Muslims an inspiring speaker who was often quoted by the media his debating talents against white and black opponents helped spread the movement 's
His powerful words in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” moved his followers to take charge and earn their freedom. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, another incredible man, affirmed in his inaugural address that he would do anything to insure “survival and success of liberty” for Americans and it cost him his life (jfklibrary). Beyond his wealth and power, Kennedy was always considerate of the common man. This essay will explain how both Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy wanted to end segregation with faith and cooperation, but their ideas of achieving change were different; this essay will also connect their sacrifices, like going to jail or having the will to die, for the sake of the people. Initially, King and Kennedy had similar views on freedom.
He praises the nation, holding it to such a high standard and persuades people that it should continue to be elevated when he says, “Throughout America’s adventure in the free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, foster the progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people.” He also relates himself to the rest of the people when he says, “As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance…” Parallelism is used to accentuate his theme of balance, “But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the
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 most effective times he does this is when he states that "the American people will find it hard, as I do, tiny handful of steel executives whose pursuit of private power and profit exceeds their sense of public responsibility can show such utter contempt for the interest of 185 million American". In this sentence Kennedy links himself to the audience by claiming that he and the American people feel the same way. Throughout the speech he tries to rally support for his cause and by connecting himself with the audience he helps makes his cause theirs also. At the same time, he draws attention to the differences between the common
All honorable speakers have their own ways to induce the audience by blowing in hope. Hope was the strip of everything whereby African Americans held onto in harsh conditions. Martin Luther King was the crackerjack that conveyed hope to people that a new world could come. One of the most memorable speeches is “Beyond Vietnam- A Time to Break Silence.” Since he was one of the most influential and powerful speakers, his speech moved a lot of people’s minds and historically, became the most famous speech in American history. Throughout his assertions, there are some key points that made his speech authoritative.
It was through his inspiring speeches and social activism that the Civil rights movement could end the legal segregation that the African Americans faced since the end of the Civil war and the emancipation of the slaves. His efforts helped in the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Martin Luther King, was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his efforts. Unfortunately Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, yet he still is remembered as one of the most inspirational African American leaders in