On March 15th, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson gave an incredible speech regarding African American rights and voting legislation. He addressed the nation shortly after the disaster of “Bloody Sunday” in Alabama. “Bloody Sunday” was when Alabama State Troopers brutally attacked Civil Rights activists during their march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. This march was to get the African Americans the voting rights they deserved. When President Johnson gave the speech We Shall Overcome it became remembered as a historical and significant speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, a well-known civil rights leader, took many actions and went through many dangerous procedures to get his views on segregation and equality amongst all people across when presenting his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. Numerous facts were stated to help in proving his beliefs to be true. These facts sat well with his already exquisite credibility earned from being such a well-mannered, genuine, and respected man. As factual as the speech was, Dr. King did not fail to speak with incredible passion in his voice and emotions so strong, connecting with them was inevitable. These components were essential to making Dr. Kings’ main message crystal clear; it was time for the government to make a drastic change in society’s effort towards putting an end to racial discrimination.
There is even more evidence to be shown! Lastly, Doc E is an example of why Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this document it shows a question that Roy Wilkins and many others had for him. “If you had felt this strongly about the issue, why had it taken you so long to act on it?”
Calvin Coolidge recognized the problems African Americans dealt with and courageously spoke up for their rights. During his First Annual Message to Congress, Coolidge voiced that African Americans were just as important as any other citizen of the United States. He condemned lynching and
There are nearly an infinite amount of ways to use rhetoric. This fact alone is what constructs the best speeches ever created; the art of persuasion. A prime example of this is in both Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream,” and in his Letter From Birmingham Jail, where he uses both logos and pathos to speak to his different audiences. In each, he uses a different amount of each form of rhetoric to account for the change of audience, making his messages more valid to the independent audiences.
King delivers his speeches in a slow manner, emplacing the points that he wants people to take away from his speeches. Additionally, his delivery of speeches paints such a vivid picture that those listening feel the reality of the change and follow him on his journey. For the lack of improvement that he needs to make as a speaker this is truly why King is widely considered one of the best speakers of all time. Both the I Have a Dream Speech, and Give us the Ballot speech demonstrate King’s ability to sway the masses through the use of his style and delivery.
Kennedy uses long sentences to cover larger amounts of rhetoric, stating examples and pecking at the hearts of the audience, and then he follows up with a simple fact or statement directly stating the principle. This prevents the speech from becoming redundant. John F Kennedy captivates and prepares the audience for the goals of his presidency by using antithesis, parallelism, and variable sentence structure. Kennedy never stays on one topic too long and he uses good open-ended sentences to transition through his points. This is why his speech is revered as one of the most intelligently created and memorable speeches in
This appeals logically because the short sentences then stand out, as if they were highlighted or bolded. Bush’s usage of alliteration when he says “deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.” appeals to logos. It does so by appealing to the reader’s rhythmical senses and makes the reader pay more attention and focus on the rest of the speech. Bush uses a rhetorical device in this quote; “And we responded with the best of America, with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could,” Bush not only sounds well by rhyming, he uses “we responded” once and leaves it out the next couple
I am here because I have organizational ties here. But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here" (King), the historical event he is referring to the context of Birmingham in 1960s “had become symbolic of a South determined to maintain the old racial ways. Eugene "Bull" Connor, Birmingham 's notorious Commissioner of Public Safety, maintained white supremacy with a ferocious combination of arrests, harassment, and violence” (Lerner et al). Therefore, in this letter, King emphasizes, “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (King).
King didn’t deserve to be killed was because he was trying to end segregation. The Rosa Parks event encouraged him to do a 381 day bus boycott. This bus boycott lasted until congress made it unconstitutional for integrated busses. Dr. King was the leader of the Montgomery Improvement Association which was an association that fought for equality for African Americans. One of Dr. King’s most famous march was the march on Selma.
He led African Americans to freedom of voting and their opinion being recognized. According to the book, Constitutional Amendments, “The Act focused on 7 southern states (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia) and outlawed restrictive voting requirements that denied the right of a U. S. citizen to vote because of race, color, or membership” (Pendergast et al. 313). Therefore the African Americans now had the freedom to vote and have a say in government decisions. Many organizations have tried to help form more freedom for African Americans by creating protests. According to article “Voting Rights Struggle,” “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, various black individuals, and other civil rights organizations continued to work through the political and judicial systems to overturn the legal obstacles, and some progress was made including the outlawing of grandfather clauses (1915) and the white primary (1944)”
Booker T. Washington, the head of Tuskegee, helped to advance education and self-improvement for blacks, saying that whites needed to accept that black people were deserving of voting rights. Gomillion and his attorneys appealed to the U.S Supreme Court. The case was argued by Alabama Civil Rights attorney Fred Grey. This was a landmark case, The Supreme Court ruled this was against the 14th and 15th amendment. Martin Luther King Jr. also influenced this case when he marched in Alabama, getting many whites and African Americans on his side helping the final decision of the
John Lewis has been the U.S. representative for Georgia since 1987, but that is not where his political career began. In the series, March, by John Lewis, it takes the reader back to the very beginning of Lewis’ life where he lived on a chicken farm in Alabama. He then begins fighting for civil rights as a young man and was even one of the famous speakers in Selma. Before he could get to where he is now, John Lewis had to go through a series of events that would change his perspective on life. Lewis has had many turning points throughout his civil rights journey, but there are four specific moments that helped him grow into the man that many people of color looked up to in hope of change.
Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, in Johnson City which his family had helped settle. Johnson City was a religious town, it was hard-shell and had old testament religion.(Caro 91) Growing up, he felt the sting of rural poverty, working his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College, and learning compassion for the poverty and discrimination of others when he taught students of Mexican descent in Cotulla, Texas. This firsthand look at the effects of poverty and discrimination made a deep impression on Johnson and sparked in him a lifelong desire to find solutions to these problems. After teaching in Houston, Johnson entered politics; in 1930, he campaigned for Welly Hopkins in his run for Congress.