Speeches By: Connor Wolf

Speeches have been used in our world for hundreds of years. Speeches are used to get a specific point across in a peaceful manner. Speeches are meant for someone to voice their concerns/opinions about a topic. Speeches are one of many examples of peaceful protest and they are very effective

MLK giving famous I Have a Dream Speech

I Have a Dream Speech. On August 28th, 1963 MLK gave his famous I Have a Dream Speech to an estimated 250,000 people. King's speech did not only connect to black people, it connected to everyone. King started his speech with, "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity." (As quoted on Americanrhetoric.com) King started his speech off with this stanza because he wanted to acknowledge all the work that our pass leaders have done. In this case he was acknowledging Abraham Lincoln and the speech was said at his memorial. King then followed up with the line, "But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free." (As quoted on Americanrhetoric.com) King immediately followed with this because work still needed to be done. Sure all the slaves were freed but blacks were still discriminated and segregated day in and day out. The most famous line in the speech, "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." (As quoted on Americanrhetoric.com) King made it clear in this line that he knows that change was not going to happen on that day, but he hopes it will happen in the future.

King Giving his A Time to Break Silence Speech

A Time To Break Silence. This was one of MLK's most controversial speeches. Some of his top advisors did not want him to give it because they believed it could hurt his image. This speech was to come out against the Vietnam War when many Americans supported the war. Many people were furious with this speech, but MLK did not let this get to him and continued to speak out against it. MLK spoke out about how the war was hurting our enconomy and many lives are being lost when they shouldn't be. King said,"We are taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them 8,000 miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools." (As quoted on CNN.com) King believed that the young black men should not be fighting for civil rights in another country when they barely had any in their own. King put this line in his speech because he knew that his supporters from the civil rights movement would agree on this. King got a lot of hate for this, but he kept his head high and spoke what he believed.

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