Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was, and still is, a very influential person in today’s society. In his speech, “I Have a Dream”, he highlights the themes of freedom, justice, and brotherhood/sisterhood to show the problems that he saw during his time, and his hopes for the future. If Dr. King was alive today, he would still be working towards his dream for the nation. Consequently, there are many events that happen today that oppose King’s themes of freedom, justice, and brotherhood/sisterhood. To begin with, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. greatly highlights his hopes for freedom in his speech.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a document that granted African American slaves their freedom, but after one hundred years, they still were not given the freedom that was promised in the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses his “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter From Birmingham Jail” to compel people to make a change in the way African Americans are treated. Dr. King makes use of the persuasive language of logical and emotional appeal in his writings to defend African Americans’ freedom as well as to embetter the treatment of them. In Dr. King’s speech “I Have a Dream,” the rhetorical devices of logical appeal, otherwise known as logos, and emotional appeal, known as pathos, are utilized
“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation” (King 84). Martin Luther King Jr. used his I Have a Dream speech have people join him in his protest to have everyone created equal. He used words and phrases that would stick out to people or easy to understand with context clues. He was also able to pause in his speech making every word or phrase that he said important. Phrases that stood out were, “I have a dream” or “let freedom ring”.
Racism in Our Society (racism) In the beginning of Martin Luther King Jr’s speech, Dr. King mentions that the Blacks were had finally become free from slavery after the Emancipation Proclamation, but years later they still were not truly free (King, 1963). It is true that during the civil rights movement, the Blacks were free from slavery, but were not necessarily free from segregation. Martin Luther King Jr and
However, the segregation in the US ended in 1964 with help from leaders who fought for blacks rights. Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr were two influential men in particular who brought hope to the blacks in the United States. Both preached the same goal about equality for their people. On the other hand, even though they shared the same dream, their tactics on achieving the goal, was truly different. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist and a central leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
King spoke out his hopes and wishes for the world, hoping to change the ways of many. King helped people understand by using persuasive and inspiring words, which people eventually listened to. King brought himself and African American the right to freedom of speech. King uses logos in his text to share information to the people, about the difficulties that African Americans had to deal with. Negroes kept waiting for their rights and never received them.
His speech reflects the use of all the appeals which include Ethos, Pathos and Logos with Pathos being the dominant one. He emotionally persuade the audience by referring to the struggles black community faces “Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice". On another occasion he states, "The negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land." By the use of Pathos King tries to making his audience no longer hate Negroes and instead hate racism and wish for a new, better world. Not only emotional appeals, King also applied the use of logos and ethos to bring both the races together.
Transformational Leadership Theory As per this theory, a leader is able to transform society though a vision. This they do by infusing a form of energy and enthusiasm into people. They are able to feel the pulse of the people and channelize that pulse into a solid direction. Leaders who can be explained through this theory also show compassion and care for a particular cause (Changing Minds n.d.) which adds to the enthusiasm of the people. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a visionary.
Both of them are have burning passion for pursuing what they really want. In spite of having difficulties and setbacks of life, Hill always came up as a victor. Robbins is just the same which is why he believed that your past is not ultimate the one that molds your past, but your passion and making it a reality. They believe in the power of beliefs. Napoleon Hill influenced people that if you’re capable of thinking it and believing in it, then you are more than capable of doing it.
Music was a critical part in the U. S civil rights movement, as it 's for social movements around the world. Freedom songs gave African-American people, new courage and a sense of unity. Suzanne Smith, author of "Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit" stated that "Singing in a group helps remind people that they are not alone." Often songs within the movement were subjects by events that occurred within that era such as, Aretha Franklin "Respect," Blue Mitchell "March on Selma" and Bob Marley "Redemption Song."