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.
Toulmin Analysis In the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, King he responds to a letter written by eight, white Alabama Clergymen to the editor of a newspaper in Birmingham. He wants the audience to believe that the clergymen fail to discuss the circumstances that brought about the demonstrations in Birmingham. In September 1962, King had the opportunity to talk with the leaders of Birmingham economic community. The merchants made many promise such as how they would remove the stores’ racial signs. Upon these agreements, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, the leader of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, (including Martin Luther King) had agreed to delay the peaceful demonstrations.
Over the course of the eight days that Martin Luther King Jr. was in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, he wrote a letter in a response to a newspaper article regarding his recent protest. He addressed the letter to a national audience in hopes that this would make a major impact on the civil rights movement. The letter gave people courage and hope for a better future, and not just in America, but also in many other countries. King’s letter was translated into dozens of other languages so it could affect as big of an audience as possible. One of the focuses of the letter was his disappointment with the church because of their lack of support of the civil rights movement.
Subject: The subject of this letter is to state the reason he is in Birmingham for trying to change segregation as social justice and his use of civil disobedience as an instrument of freedom. Occasion: Dr. King is writing this letter from inside Birmingham Jail for being accused of misuse of the law by performing in acts of civil disobedience to show his disappointment at the leadership of the clergy and laws that he and others of the black community deem as unjust. Audience: Although this letter was initially mailed to the eight white clergymen who publicly asked the black community to restrict their Birmingham demonstrations, King meant for his message to reach a much larger audience such as U.S. citizens. King used this letter as
Another way that King evokes pathos in order to get his message across is in paragraph eleven on page two. Here, he shares with his audience what it feels like to be an African American during the 60's and have to constantly hear the word 'wait', always knowing that this wait usually means 'never'. He says, “I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say 'wait'. But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, brutalize, and even
On April 16, 1963, from the jail of Birmingham, Martin Luther King, wrote a letter from Birmingham jail to eight clergymen who had attacked his work for civil rights in a public statement released on April 12, 1963. This particular text was initiated due to the non-violent demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, which led to the arrest of many African-Americans, including King himself. Even though this was not a speech document, the letter was directed to several targeted audiences: first, the clergymen who wrote “A Call for Unity,” secondly, the “white moderate”, and finally, to black men and women across the nation who lacked the initial courage to fight for their rights. King wanted to convince them of the utility of his commitment in this
The images of Alabama law enforcement beating the nonviolent protesters were shown all over the country and the world by television networks and newspapers. The visuals of such brutality being carried out by the state of Alabama helped shift the image of the segregationist movement from one of a movement trying to preserve the social order of the South to a system of state-endorsed terrorism against non-whites.  The marches also had a powerful effect in Washington. After witnessing TV coverage of "Bloody Sunday," President Lyndon Baines Johnson met with Governor George Wallace in Washington to discuss with him the civil rights situation in his state. He tried to persuade Wallace to stop the state harassment of the protesters.
On the 16th of April 1963, a most unusual letter came out of the Birmingham, Alabama (AL) city jail. The penman of this letter was the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who at this point had spent four days behind bars. On Good Friday, King along with Ralph Abernathy was arrested for demonstrating without a permit. The Easter season demonstrations were planned in accordance with Dr. King’s organizational ties with the Alabama Christian Movement of Human Rights. These plans of a nonviolent demonstration were not the initial plans to be thought up, and the demonstrations were met with much more distain from men of the same clerical cloth as King than the conditions that brought about the demonstration.
In 1964 Congress passes the Civil Rights Act this outlawed segregation in public accommodations and discrimination in employment and education. Martin Luther King Jr. joins the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. While there police beat and tear gas marchers. Martin goes before the rally and speaks at the state capitol, he builds support for voting rights. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed.
The Freedom Riders Matthew Williams Baker College of Flint Kim Rosebohm Eng 102 (0305) Essay 2 Aug 3, 2011 The Civil Right Movement (The Freedom Riders) The Freedom Riders were a group of college students and leaders of various racial equality organizations, both blacks and whites, which tested the law of integration for public transportation. The law was instated, but Alabama especially did not follow it. The Freedom Riders rode buses into the cities to see if the townspeople accepted or declined the new law. They turned ended up beating, pummeling, and chasing the riders out of town with the white mobs. The Freedom Riders violently fought the segregation of blacks and whites for public transportation systems, and their victory