Stand Up For What is Right From a young age, people are told to be kind to others, no matter what they look like. Some, white people, though believed that they were superior to the African Americans so they did not have to be kind to them. This is when the issue of inequality between different races arose and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took action. Dr. King was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 through 1968. He wrote the famous, “I Have a Dream” speech and the “Letter From Birmingham Jail”.
The term we cannot be satisfied is repeated throughout a portion of King’s speech, followed by various examples of hatred acts towards the Black community. This repetition emphasizes his constant motif of unity and equality, as well as freedom for his fellow people. A more effective piece of repetition is the title of Dr. King’s speech, in which he addresses all the problems of discrimination bestowed upon the African Americans. Each problem is only the beginning of what the African Americans endure every day. The phrase “I have a dream…”(King) is preceded by dreams of a better future by each and every Black person in America.
Abstract: I Have a Dream is public speech made by Martin Luther King in Lincoln Memorial, 1963. It mainly talked about the equality problem of African American. Since Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans were waiting for the day when they were really free. However, even a hundred years later, the black people were still discriminated and their life still the same. I Have a Dream was written in such condition to fight for their own rights.
He brought to light issues of segregation and police brutality. King ended his speech by describing to world what his dream was for the black and white citizens of The United States. Martin Luther King Jr began his speech by referencing the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that said that blacks could no longer be enslaved to the whites. But, even though 100 years had passed, the African Americans were still not free. Though they were not physically in chains any longer they were still in the figurative chains of discrimination.
In the text he says, "I wish you had commended the Negro sit inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage, their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of great provocation. One day the South will recognize its real heroes. As you can see King expresses his feeling of the negro sit-inners and demonstrators not given the verdict of being the "real heroes" of the south which they were king also give off a slight glance of angry towards this as well. As well as fur Roosevelt he too give off a tone of noble and a slightness of anger. In the Four Freedom speech he says things like, " it 's not probable
Two Civil Rights leaders who had the same dream, and a goal they wanted to achieve making equality possible in America. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were both strong leaders, but had different views, religious outlooks, background, and were both assassinated in their prime. Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in Atlanta Georgia raised by his reverend mother Alberta Williams King, and his reverend father Martin Luther King Sr. The King family lived in a middle-class black section of the largest city in the south of Atlanta Georgia surrounded by lawyers, doctors, teachers, and black business owners. Martin Luther King Jr. was well educated he graduated Booker T. Washington high school at the age of 15 years old and attended college at Morehouse college.
A few times in his speech, he chooses to repeat certain things in order to emphasize how important it is for the nation to be united and not divided by race or anything at all. King repeats certain things in hopes that the reader will have thoughts focused on the prominent issues of racism happening at the time. Issues such as those previously mentioned as, racism, segregation, unjust treatment of African American because of their skin color, etc. The effect that this repetition had on African Americans was very significant. The purpose of the repetition was to uplift and empower African Americans all across the nation so that they would not give up and continue to fight for their freedom because if they stop now, they will never get the just treatment that they deserve.
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.
The intended audience for this letter was not just the eight clergy men but also for any whites who believed the black community should stop protesting and let time take over their fate. King was a very educated man who was raised in a Christian upbringing this is where his roots lie when it comes to civil disobedience and peaceful protests. This letter explains the current events in Birmingham in 1963 as well as the rest of America and it defines the action taken by King through the whole civil rights movements. The theme of this letter, or argument was how to treat the vulnerable who at this time were the black community. This document could be classified as a private letter and also a political letter due to the fact that the letter was originally intended for the clergy men in Birmingham; however, it was also made public and discussed major political issues that affected the society.
Social Activists Influential Techniques Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream," and Malcom X's "The Black Revolution," were both influential speeches during the civil rights movement. There are aspects and characteristics of the two speeches that distinguish them from others, make them especially moving. The writers use powerful diction, tone, literary devices, and appeal to emotional, ethical, and logical beliefs. The diction, phrases, and words used in King's "I Have a Dream" speech, appeal to the emotional aspect of the audience. He focuses on drawing the attention of the audience, and distinguishing the realities of segregation, discrimination, and racism.