Why did the visions of Martin Luther King Jr feature in Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign and inauguration speech in 2009? The Role and significance Martin Luther King Jr in America’s History: Martin Luther King Jr was a leader; he gave a voice to the African American citizens who could not express their own needs and opinions. His role was to lead the civil rights movement, and speak for justice, peace and equality in the lives of every American man, woman and child. King struggled with the laws and politics of his time and worked to eradicate segregation and discrimination from the American way of life. Martin Luther King Jr’s writings, teachings and speech’s are timeless; they left people rethinking their attitudes towards African Americans and racism.
Influential African American Leaders Leadership is a position everyone desires to have in life, but with the title comes great responsibility. We have been honored to have great African American leaders both in the past and present. There are several skills that a leader must possess, but one of the most vital skills I believe a leader should have is the ability to communicate. Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and President Barak Obama are great examples of how rhetorical speeches will not only persuade an audience, but will draw the support that is needed to fulfill an assignment. In this essay, I will discuss the rhetorical strategies that these men used in order to communicate their message effectively to their audience(s).
In this speech, Martin Luther King Jr. is the speaker. He is significant because he was one of the few to make a stand and a difference for blacks. He addressed his brothers and sisters (other Africans) in his speech to make the greatest demonstration for freedom the world has ever known. Who he is addressing affects the way his speech is written because
Malcolm had a different approach to civil justice during the era of the civil rights action as comparing to Dr. King. Malcolm was first influenced in jail to become what he has become today due to the involvement of groups he had taken part in. (http://www.malcolmx.com) Malcolm is a very wise man with a lot to say and did not stop until it was bound to be heard. His speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” is a very significant speech and one of my favorites he has composed. He was stressing the fact that the “ballot or the bullet” is next in the civil rights struggle, meaning that government must allow blacks to rightfully vote or else violence will be the conclusion in means to influence
During this era, the civil rights movement was occurring and activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. himself influenced Americans to change justice, equality, and freedom for all African Americans by empowering the people through his words. This particular speech had a massive impact on Americans simply because of the segregation issues that were present
Brandon Klinetobe Donna Robertson English 101 16 October 2011 Speechwriters throughout history have considered their word choice, imagery and what others have said before them when creating their own speeches. William Safire in “A Spirit Reborn” analyzes the use of reading “The Gettysburg Address” at the first anniversary of September 11 and James Wood in “Victory Speech” analyses Barack Obama’s November 2008 speech on election night. Safire and Wood analyze similar key factors in their discussion of the power and impact of Lincoln and Obama’s speeches. Both articles analyze the diction in the speeches of Obama and Lincoln. In “A Spirit Reborn,” William Safire chooses to point out the word choices of Lincoln’s speech that continue
Introduction Black power can be described as a political slogan that is associated with many black ideologies. It was a slogan used in the 1950’s and the 1960’s in the United States during the black revolution. Black power or black pride during this time centered on racial pride for blacks and emphasized on nurturing and promoting black values and collective interests. This movement had a number of political goals some of which included a fight against racial discrimination, oppression and denial of some rights like those of voting. The black power movement was designed to create pride in black Americans that they were not lesser beings to whites, that they were indeed beautiful.
* Martin Luther King Jr.: He was a civil rights leader during the civil rights movement. In 1963, he gave his “I have a dream” speech and changed the world. His most famous accomplishment would have to be the March on Washington. He’s important because of everything he did. His non-violent protests and powerful speeches.
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.
He was an educated boy who suffered many hardships because of his race and felt as if it was his duty to make a change in society. On August 28th, 1963, a peaceful march was held over the rights of African-Americans. Martin Luther King gave one of the most influential speeches of the 20th century, now labelled the ‘I Have a dream’, which was presented to over 205,000 people. His speech sparked the turning point for African Americas. Although King was voted the ‘Time’s Man of the Year,’ award, he was taking into custody countless times and