“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” This is a quote from Atticus Finch, a courageous and wise character from Harper Lee 's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. The story is told through the perspective of a young girl, Jean Louise ¨Scout¨ Finch. She lives with her older brother, Jeremy, and widowed father and prominent lawyer, Atticus, in Maycomb, Alabama during the time of the Great Depression. Throughout the novel, the children experience the injustice and prejudice of society through a tough case that their father was appointed to and are taught to respect and tolerate all people, despite their differences. To Kill A Mockingbird is influential in American culture through its portrayal of themes of prejudice, racism and innocence.
of diction that creates a logical and emotional appeal on the audience. The main target of this speech is toward the African – American’s living in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. opens up his speech stating that he is grateful for everyone who attended “the greatest demonstration of freedom”. At this point this speech is already creating an appeal of pathos. He then goes on to create a very logical appeal when stating that the Emancipation Proclamation gave “hope to millions of Negro slaves who had seared in the flames of withering injustice”.
In his address to a Mississippi high school’s 1951 graduating class, William Faulkner relates universal truths about power, fear, and wisdom. Using repetition, syntax, and definition, Faulkner attempts to inspire action among future leaders in the global tension of the twentieth century. Faulkner utilizes repetition in multiple ways. Firstly, he repeats the pronoun “you”: “...you are tired, frightened; you don’t care…”. In doing this, he places responsibility on the audience, which has recently come of age.
He became a figurehead of the struggle of African-Americans in the fight for equality. During his time as an activist, as a young pastor, he aided in leading the Montogomery bus boycott following the arrest of Rosa Parks from his church. The boycott was a grand success, lasting thirteen months, and ended in the U.S Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional, a huge advancement early in his activist career. From Montogemry similar protests began to spread across the Southern United States, leading Marting Luther King Jr to found the SCLC, or Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to help organize and unify non-violent protest attempts. Today, the SCLC is fighting for the equal rights of everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion or background.
He remained an activist up until the day he passed. Prince “Grand Master” Hall, died December 4th, 1804 at the age of 72 years of age. Destined for greatness and striving for equality, Hall contributed to the African American communities in many ways. Organizing a Freemason society and turning his home into a learning facility for the blacks was just one of his contributions. By Hall joining the military, he had the ability to influence many African Americans to join so they could be
“True equality means holding everyone accountable in the same way, regardless of race, gender, faith, ethnicity - or political ideology.”- Monica Crowley. Throughout world history, racism has always been a major issue which is more vital in certain regions than others. There are those who encourage this belief and those who assail the belief of a superior race. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper lee, a book taking place in the 1900’s-an era where racism was a matter of the utmost importance. Atticus Finch-A white folk, father of Jem and Scout, raising two children on his own due to the loss of their mother is known to his family and the town of Maycomb County, an inheritably racist county as a niger-lover is taking the role of being Tom Robinson- a black male being accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a nineteen year old white female.
Martin Luther King Jr, was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was one of the most popular and effective leader of the African American struggle for civil rights in the United States and to this day his words are having a great impact in our society. “He was known for his philosophy of nonviolent direct action to galvanized thousands of Americans, both black and whites, to press for granting the full measure of human and political rights to African Americans”( “Martin Luther King, Jr.” ). He had some of his biggest accomplishments during the Civil Rights Movement, however his leadership was the key to the movement’s success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the United States by
The famous words of Martin Luther King still echo into our society today, "I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls". The basic lesson that Martin was trying to teach is the same that the author Harper Lee is trying to get across in To Kill a Mockingbird, that all men and women of every skin color are equal. Harper Lee shows this by depicting a white family that lives in a white town in the early 1930s in southern Alabama. Atticus, the father, is defending an African American man named Tom Robinson. He is accused of raping a white woman, and the town is against Tom because of racism, even though there is no evidence against him.
Black people and even some whites gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to take a stand against segregation. There was a total of around 200,000 people. (New York Times) Many people gave speeches, but the most famous speech was Martin’s “I Have a Dream” speech. One of the quotes of his speech was “ 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 the content of their character.” This one quote inspired others and made them feel the same drive to make a difference. Martin won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his peaceful ways of protesting against segregation.
Biographical Analysis of “Champion of the World” In “Champion of the World”, Maya Angelou tells a story of her childhood where the success of one man changed the future of her entire race. Maya Angelou, an African American woman, took a stand against racial segregation in form of her writing and words. She experienced many of the hardships that the people of her race were going through, and she knew it needed to stop. In the 1930’s, America was still separated between white and black, even in sports. One man, Joe Louis, ended that by defeating a white man in the boxing ring.
The fight for equal opportunity for Americans of African made advances during the 1950 's and 1960 's.The rights have not come easily as there was much hate and maltreatment by many whites Americans. With the triumph of the Montgomery boycott, Black leaders started a new path for the struggle for Civil Rights. In January of 1957, southern African American ministers met and formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Reverend Martin Luther King was the first president of the society. After conferring with the NAACP, a verdict was made to march on Washington to point out the struggle for Blacks during this time.
Segregation and civil injustice was prevalent and none of the politicians go out of their way to remedy that. So he decides to take matter into his own hands and reaches out to Dr. King. Fortunately, Dr. King sees determination in Lewis and supports him in his “march.” Later the rural community of Alabama exemplifies the notion of a tight-knit community. This was due to the protest let by Lewis and Jim Lawson, and also because a small town in Alabama stood up for civil right when no one else in history had. This book brings a hard and appalling reminder piece of American history, March is an effective work of explicit storytelling, and brings about a sense of unity.
Here he became a sports broadcaster and gained a lot of local popularity and with this popularity he decided to use it to get himself into politics (Trueman). Connor was elected to the Alabama legislature and three years late became Commissioner of Public Safety in Birmingham. Connor gained a reputation of being very outspoken particularly on segregation and this garnered him even more support especially in a city where segregation was greatly enforced. In 1963 Martin Luther King had organized a civil rights march in Birmingham which had a great deal of racial tension. Connor felt King was challenging his authority and many of the people that demonstrated and participated in the march were faced with high pressure hoses and police dogs.
Atlanta, Georgia 1929, a Baptist priest was born a son who would grow up to be a fighter of extraordinary proportions. This son grew up into a man-Martin Luther King Jr. and this man became the face of African American civil rights during the 60’s. April 16, 1963 he wrote a powerful letter in response to white clergyman who stated that racial injustices should not be fought in the streets, but rather in the courts. A Letter From Birmingham Jail is a piece that defined a trying time in American history and continues to be relevant today. King discusses non-violent resistance and the deplorable state the church was in.
Salem is a town that is centered on their religious beliefs. The church is the basis for their morals and ethics, but discovery of the actions of the town’s girls impacts the entire town. Reverend Parris discovers the girls along with Tituba conjuring up spells, singing Barbados songs, and dancing naked. This begins a series of events in The Crucible by Arthur Miller where he uses irony to show that guilt can cause the most upstanding men to act uncharacteristically. Hale is invited to town to prove that there is no witchcraft in the town.