Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He was given a middle class upbringing and attended Harvard Law School. Before he became President he continually was working for the greater good of the Illinois state senate and his community recognising what the publics needs and wants were. When Barack Obama won the election on 4th of November 2008 and was inaugurated on 20th of January 2009, he became the first ever African American President in The United States history. Historians have seen a similar connectedness between Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr, as they were both African Americans fighting for the greater good of America and wanting the American dream for all the citizens of
They’re inspirational, motivating and sometime shocking but all distinctive voices have the purpose of bringing across a message to an audience. The following texts portray these aspects and would therefore be suitable for the 2014 HSC. This is evident when looking at Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream, Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s Address to the Plenary Session, Earth Summit and the film Remember the Titans directed by Boaz Yakin. King’s speech was elevating for African-Americans, providing hope for a better future. This is amplified through techniques like historic and biblical allusions and imagery.
‘I have a Dream’ is one of the best known speeches of the twentieth century, a thoughtful and rousing call to social justice that clearly conveys King’s impatience with continuing racial discrimination. Kings content is structured to create a compelling argument for immediate action and change. He begins with a reminder of US democratic traditions and emancipation, with “five score years” echoing the “four score years and twenty” of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, placing the speech in the context of the history of the African-American struggle in USA. Lincoln’s promise however has not been honoured. African-Americans have metaphorically been given a “bad cheque”.
Martin Luther King Martin Luther King Introduction Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, as Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights and racial equality in the United States and around the world through nonviolent methods. Playing a great role in the history of modern American liberalism, King had a very interesting young life being a constant worker for civil rights for members of his race while being in the ministry. His approach though, brought him afflictions which also paved the way to his untimely assassination. This paper describes the short lived life of Martin Luther King and his impact to American history.
Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA during a period when racism was extremely prominent. One can only imagine the experiences Black Americans endured during those times unless one lived through them personally. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used his strength and knowledge to help society overcome these tumultuous times. Dr. King fought for equal justice for all races and gender to love one another and eliminate violence. He served the community as a clergyman, activist, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement [ (Biography, 2012) ].
King has used this device to validate the statements he is making directly following the quote. Some of the more powerful allusions used during this speech are from Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, both highly respected white men. “Five score years ago” was written in a way to draw attention to Lincoln. Those words are particularly meaningful because Kings Speech was giving in front of Lincoln memorial. Kings mention of the Emancipation Proclamation was to bring the spectators back to 1865 when Lincoln himself, who was not only morally opposed to slavery, however, was a President who defeated the matter of slavery in the south.
He gave hundreds of speeches a year that of which included his most famous “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1963 Martin and 250,000 demonstrators marched to the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered the speech that changed the Civil Rights Act forever. Martin’s words echoed through the crowd that August: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' 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 by the content of their character. “That year Martin was named Time’s Man of the Year.
“Changes” was released after Tupac’s demise on his album Greatest Hits. Encouraging peace and equal opportunity in the United States, this song is also representative of the fight that the African American race is compelled to face everyday. Shakur exposes many conflicts that society faces today in his lyrics. For example, he states, “The penitentiary’s
This coming just two years after Abraham Lincoln, gave his great speech. Many years later Martin Luther King Jr., would also talk about civil rights and how they affected him. Martin Luther King Jr. certainly didn’t know how his words from his famous “I Have a Dream” speech would impact history at that time. He headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which grew to be the most important civil rights organizations in the country. He was one of the many leaders in history to make a mark on civil rights.
President Obama started his speech with a catch by naming one of his heroes, the civil rights leader John Lewis. This created a satisfactory level of personalization that was strengthened when he linked the Selma Marches to his “way to the Oval Office.” Since Obama was addressing millions of Americans across the country, he tried to maintain a level of formality as president. He also achieved a good level of simplicity and directness that made his message easier to be understood by ordinary citizens from different backgrounds. In addition, he influenced a wide range of audience by using a narrative approach telling the story of America in general and Selma in particular. The speech’s significance is apparent in the good choice of place (Edmund Pettus Bridge) and time (50th anniversary).