The protest was over African American voting rights, as few African Americans could vote due to racist whites manipulating the voting system. African Americans shied away from voting because of fear of being harassed or absurd tests were given, such as stating the entire U.S Constitution. Johnson’s purpose of his speech was to convince Congress and Americans everywhere to pass his bill on voting reformation. To help make the speech more effective and convincing, Johnson used rhetorical strategies, such as ethos, logos, and pathos. Johnson’s first part of the speech uses rhetorical qualities that unify the audience and make them sympathize with the victims of voting rights.
Analysis of “I Have a Dream” and “Letter to Birmingham Jail” In the “Letter to Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King addresses the criticisms and objections that the white clergymen had made towards his and his affiliated organization’s efforts in trying to end segregation and achieve his and his people’s birth right: the right to be free through nonviolent means. Through the “I Have a Dream Speech” King speaks to his supporters and as well as to the entire nation to make them be fully aware of the injustices they are facing and through this make them stand up to those injustices. Both “Letter to Birmingham Jail” and “I Have a Dream Speech” have the same underlying meaning however. That way too long have the black community been treated wrongly. That way too long have the black nation been “judged by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character (King 815)” and therefore it is time for them to rise and stand up for their rights.
Malcolm X has been considered one of the most influential leaders in African American history. He was one of the most active advocates for black rights and rejected the mainstream ideas of civil rights leader such as Martin Luther King Jr. (Rollyson “Malcolm X”). Through speeches such as Message to Grassroots, Malcolm X uses the “house negro” and the “field negro” as a metaphor for the difference between the movement towards integration advocated by Martin Luther King and the Nation if Islam’s movement towards separation. He calls for unified opposition to stand up and fight against the white man. Malcolm X conveys in this speech the anger and fear that lived in the hearts of most African American at the time.
While during that same time Martin Luther King, Jr., who was also a black civil right activist in America, taught to fight racism with love. Malcolm spoke publicly of his lack of respect for Martin Luther King, who would, through a white man’s religion (Christianity), tell blacks not to fight back. In 1962 Malcolm was designated by Elijah Muhammad as the official public representative of Nation of Islam. By 1963, New York Times poll found that Malcolm X was, after conservative Senator Barry Goldwater, the most sought after speaker by student groups on college campuses. His attraction seemed to rest not only in his ability to attack the system of white supremacy in forceful language but also in his wit.
Malcolm X is best known for being called one of the greatest and most influential African American civil rights activists in history. He is also well known as an African American Muslim minister who preached human rights later in his life and career. He fought day in and out for what he considered was right. It is important to understand that he was one the first African American’s to speak out against the white man in America in the most brutally honest terms he could justify which makes him instantly significant in American history. What made Malcolm X a great debater was his passion for what he truly believed was right, it was his rage against the white man in America that he resented and resisted everything that America stood for; to some
His refusal to give up and even die for the sake of this “holy cause” is very moving and brought people to oppose slavery. “All men are created equal” as stated in the Declaration of Independence was not entirely true and Garrison stood by that and the truths of divine revelation (Document E). Another important piece of literature that brought attention to life as a slave was a narrative from a slave himself, Frederick Douglass. Douglass was a former slave who fought with a white man who oversaw him. This specific fight made Douglass very eager for freedom.
Great Leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Junior were both African American who fought for equal opportunity for blacks in America, and both were in the civil rights movement, but they had different philosophy of life. Malcolm’s philosophies that violence must be stopped by any means necessary, and King’s philosophy was that in order to stop violence a person must ignore it, and sooner or later the violence will stop. They also had different beliefs Malcolm was a Muslim and King was a Baptist. King and Malcolm were two important figures who made a powerful impact in America during the turbulent 1960. In 1960 there was a lot of separation between the blacks and the whites.
He was viewed as a racist radical black supremacist and was about revenge and so called justice for the black community. He viewed violence as a just and necessary means to be successful with his plans. Both men's purpose in life was to gain rights for the black people, but they did this in very separate ways. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X grew up in very different worlds. Martin was raised in a comfortable middle-class family where education was very important.
Martin Luther King and president Abraham Lincoln had some similarities, which lead Martin Luther King to agree yet disagree with his council. The thought as to how both Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King both thought that it would be tragic if an anarchy would establish; was key. Violence and the way one would reason with society was also another important aspect when it came to the council and Martin Luther King’s views in regards to the whole segregation and civil rights ordeal. Civil disobedience was King’s main point in his fight for rights of all colored people in the United States, which would allow convincing Lincoln’s beliefs that were necessary to secure order and perpetuate our institutions. The establishment of anarchy made everyone in any kind of society to be frightened, if they aren’t use to having some sort of public government.
During the time of the Civil Rights Movement African Anericans all over the United States were fighting for the equality they believed they deserved. However, there is one man who fought for complete separation of blacks from whites. Malcolm X, a member of the Nation of Islam; more commonly known as the Black Muslims, fought for black nationalism. The black muslims believed that African Americans should separate themselves from whites and form their own self-governing communities. Malcolm X's value to the Civil Rights Movement was positive because he influenced African Americans to take pride in their own culture and to believe in their oability to make their own way in the world.