King became a civil rights activist early on in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. On October 14 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.
The Importance Of Martin Luther King Jr. There are many black figures in history that are important to the history to me and one of them is martin Luther king jr. martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life trying to better the lives of African American people. He is one of the greatest American civil rights leaders of the 1960s and is still known for that today. Martin Luther king jr. had a history like many other people and so here is his history. He was born in 1929 in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
Victoria Lopez English 1101 December 10, 2012 Rhetorical Analysis Martin Luther King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”, published in 1964 in his own book Why We Can’t Wait, addresses and explains his current situation to the clergymen of Alabama. On April 12, 1963 Dr. King was arrested in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama for contempt of court and parading without a permit during a protest. His purpose of the letter is to inform the clergymen of his views and the reasons for his “direct action” on the issue of desegregation. Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement, which worked for equal rights for all. He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice, and he never got tired of trying to end segregation laws.
Stephen DiGiovanni Dr. Giannattasio American Civilization II 22 September 2011 I Have A Dream On August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the “I have a dream speech” that was recognized as one of the best speeches ever given. During the African-American Civil Rights movement in the United States, African Americans had many heroes to look up to such as Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. King’s goal was to outlaw the racial discrimination against African Americans. Martin Luther King was a man of great respect, his father being a preacher, King spoke of non-violent protests and civil disobedience. Forms of protest could include sit-ins, freedom rides, and boycotts. Racial segregation divided children between schools between whites and blacks.
Importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King is a well-known, inspiring man, to all cultures of the world. He played an important role in the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement and his assassination had a huge impact on society. King was and still is one of the most influential heroes of our history. His views and beliefs helped African Americans through the 50's and 60's obtain the rights and liberties that were their birth right. Throughout all the obstacles he was faced with he was able to shed light on the situation and the treatment of African Americans.
Kings distinctive voice conveys his determination in uniting a nation to bring the changes needed. His experience in ac church had helped him create a voice which creates pathos as he preaches his message to the audiences, and thus his repetitive and memorable words create a distinctive voice throughout the speech. Similarly, he also creates his distinctive voice through the urgency he demands of America for change. For instance, King states, “tranquilising drug of gradualism” to show how this the required change the African Americans
One has not only a legal, but moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust law.”( Bloom, Smith 499) As we analyze Dr. Kings letter we observe the way he conveyed his message by using what the clergymen said to present his counter argument. In the clergymen’s statement, they distinguished Martin Luther King as an outsider and called his actions unwise and untimely. Dr. King then sets the foundation of his letter and identifies what was said by saying,” I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely”, and I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against outsider coming in.”(Bloom, Smith 495) By using an ethical appeal Dr. King begins to justify his presence by assuring the clergymen that he was invited because of his organizational ties with the Southern Christian Leadership, in which he serves as president. He also goes on to say,” but more basically, I am here in Birmingham because injustice is here.” (Bloom, Smith 495) It was important for Marti Luther King to say this because it supported the fact that he was not an outsider coming in at the wrong time, but he was welcomed
Dominick Bedasse ENC1102 February 22, 2011 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” In “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (1963), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attempts to validate his actions of demonstrating against segregation in response to criticism by Alabama clergymen. In hopes of reaching out to the clergymen, King argues for desegregation through his use of ethical appeal, emotional appeal, as well as logical reasoning. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opens his letter by making note of the fact that he is the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (p. 2). This may be an attempt for King to establish himself as a credible figure; one whose words are legitimate and has an argument deserving of full attention. King also states that he is “compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my (his) home town.
In Martin Luther King’s acceptance speech for the noble peace prize, he articulates that nonviolence is a perfect answer to the crucial political and more question of our time- the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Individuals of the black race were patronized and attacked due to racial injustice. MLK created a notion of nonviolence in order to end this injustice. He emphasizes that demonstrating a nonviolent demeanor is a much powerful force, which allows social transformation. However in order for social transformation to exist we must all develop a mentality/lifestyle that rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.
Evaluate the persuasive techniques used by MLK in the final section of his “I Have a Dream Speech” During a time of extreme segregation in America, Martin Luther King- a man of religious background went about carrying out several peaceful protests in order to bring equality to America. One of his most famous speeches was made close to the time of his assassination in 1968. Martin Luther King used many persuasive techniques within his speech to encourage change within the US. During the final section of the speech MLK applies anaphora when stating, “I have a dream”. This places emphasis on the hope that MLK has for the future of America and for it to be a place of equality.