Dr. Martin’s speech was inspiring a huge people and engaged them to raise their hands and claiming for their rights. His words were the key to motivate African-American to create nonracial society in the United States. Dr. Martin Luther King used a language that was understood by the illiterate and educated people too. He made people to seeing his dream in the speech and living it in the current days. In my opinion, he created a light in the mind of others because his speech was coming out from his heart.
Curtis Long COMM 300 MLK Analysis This paper will analyze and discuss the “I have a dream speech” by Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. which was presented in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. The speech is about the failed promises of equality for all, focusing mainly on blacks. The speech culminated a civil rights march on Washington in an attempt to secure rights for African-Americans. The march, King's speech, and other boycotts and protests eventually led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed many aspects of discrimination. The reason that the speech had such a massive impact is due to the tense social mood of the time and it gave black activists a vision for the future.
By citing references of protest such as Jesus Christ, St. Paul, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, he justifies his current actions for the Negro community and states that he is willing to face the consequences when it comes to protesting for equal rights amongst all Americans. This was the first time that I have read Dr. King’s letter from the Birmingham jail and I have to admit that it was a very moving and inspirational letter to the people of the Civil Rights Movement at the time. I think that this letter showed how he was always protesting through love and peace and never violence, even though he had been classified as an extremist by the white community. By showing this type of leadership he proved to be such a courageous and intelligent figure in the Negro community and his words of wisdom made such a huge impact on the history of the movement. I believe that without letters such as these to his fellow brothers, most protests would not have been “peaceful” and the entire pursuit of equality could have been in jeopardy.
If they started to rebel against the discrimination, it would only make the whites more determined to keep them oppressed. He believed that the blacks could work to gain the respect of the whites. Washington also preached that educating the blacks would not only be beneficial to them, but the whites also. They could greatly help the Southern economy and work in the factories. Many people during this time period supported his strategies and saw what he was saying as very influential.
Alex Dunham WRA 125 Professor Patrick LeBeau 23 September 2004 Rhetorical Analysis of Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a brilliant example of a rhetorical essay. From 1955 to 1968, in Southern America, black people were harshly segregated and discriminated against. Dr King used his methods of nonviolent civil disobedience to rally the oppressed negro community and try to show America that segregation is wrong and could no longer be stood for. King wrote the letter to southern clergyman from a Birmingham jail, where he was sent after a peaceful parade to stop segregation. Authorities charged him with lacking the possession of a parade permit.
King was invited to lead the body which was coordinating the boycott, the Montgomery Improvement Association, so he was not responsible for creating and starting off this successful campaign, however his alluring personality and leadership skills helped motivate the campaign brilliantly. The success of the boycott and his charismatic approach led to King being brought to national attention for the first time. Many people found inspiration in his philosophy of non-violence and the tactics he used, putting pressure on the government to change the law. This was a clever methodology, as it gained large sympathy
King and his followers strived to do the same with all the protests and marches that they had conducted because they wanted to achieve their ultimate goal of promoting desegregation among both white and black community. King urges that such steps were necessary because “every time the Negro leaders sought to negotiate with the city fathers the latter consistently refused to engage in good-faith negotiation (King 799).” According to King urging his people to stand up to their rights and fight for their freedom was not wrong especially when it was done through nonviolent ways. In the “Letter to Birmingham Jail” King uses many argumentative methods to convey his point across his audience and convince them of his
Miles Fields 11/20/13 Mr. Cohn Green Speech Alfred M. Green gave a speech in Philadelphia in 1861, calling for his long oppressed “brethren” to strive to be admitted into the ranks of the Union army, to fight for their recognition as citizens of America. During Green’s speech, Green gains his “brethren’s trust”, and uses unifying diction, and comparisons to help persuade his fellow African Americans to strive for their recognition as citizens of America. 1861 was a period of uncertainty for everyone but specifically the African Americans. African Americans were deprived citizenship and freedom by their country earlier that century. But now, equality and recognition as citizens were within their grasp, and all they had to do was put their trust into their country.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" was addressed to his fellow clergymen, but he wanted the entire world to read it. King explains; what he was doing in Birmingham, why he believed they must not wait and try to exact change immediately, and what he planned to do to help bring it about. King was a firm advocate of peaceful actions as a means to attain social change. He was the leader of peaceful protests against the segregation of the “Negro” people in America. Mr. King does a great job of clarifying all of the reasons for his arguments, making them logical in their appeal, hard to deny, and supports them well.
Martin Luther King continues by referencing the Declaration of Independence and Abraham Lincoln, stating that great historical figures had realised the need for human rights of all people to be respected, but that the “Negro still lives on the lonely island of poverty”. Martin Luther King states that he felt this historical act was, in a way, a promise to all of mankind that equality would be met but “America had defaulted on this promissory note”. Mr King continues through this part of the speech with the belief that “justice” needs to be met and that this will enable the black community the “riches of freedom”. Martin Luther King continues, asking for these promises to finally be upheld or expect consequences from the black community, stating that it would be “fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment...And there will be neither rest nor tranquillity in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights”. Mr King then makes a plea towards the black population, asking them “not to be guilty of wrongful deeds”, to be disciplined and have dignity while this process played out.