Peaceful protests through speeches Created by: Sean O'Brian

Peaceful protest - A peaceful protest, also known as nonviolent resistance or nonviolent action, is the act of expressing disapproval through a statement or action without the use of violence.

Speech - The expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.

Speeches are known as peaceful protests because they require no source of violence or physical harm. Speeches are meant to express ones emotions and feelings, not to take action in that very moment. Speeches are used all over the globe, and it's been that way for thousands of years. Speeches are predominantly preformed by leaders that are trying to make a difference in our world or trying to express their feelings. Speeches are also used to try to persuade people to realize that a change must be made. For example activists use speeches to express their thoughts and emotions about a certain topic that they see as unjust or unfair.

(Left) Martin Luther King Jr. (Right) Pope Francis

"I Have A Dream" Is a world renowned speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. This speech took place at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on August 28, 1963. It is believed that 250,000 people showed up to support Dr. King. Out of the 250,000 people there was about 60,000 Caucasians, the remaining 190,00 people were mostly African American. Throughout this speech, Dr King talked about the racial inequality between white and black people, furthermore Dr. King also brought up how racism negatively affects the lives of African Americans each and every day. Dr. King also addressed that racism needed to be eliminated and how it needed to be eliminated and that certain era of time in order to ensure a racist free future for the United States of America. In the speech given Dr. King also mentioned the necessary steps to stop racism, some of these steps consisted of eliminating all the violence on both sides of the spectrum, hearing each other out, and lastly, to be aware that everyone in the United States has a voice and they should have the right to be heard and understood. Throughout the speech, Dr King emphasized phrases such as "I Have A Dream" which really drew people into the speech. This speech overall was very successful not only was it just a speech but also a movement, a movement to stop the racial inequality between African-American and white people.

"Appeal For Peace" was a speech spoken by Pope Francis on September 20th 2016 at the Piazza of Saint Francis, Assisi. Pope Francis' goal for this speech was to spread peace and consideration towards those who are battling for freedom and rights. In the speech he states that prayer protects the world and enlightens it. Pope Francis states that its on us if we want peace. We are the ones that will make a difference. Pope Francis later mentions that anyone who calls upon God’s name to justify terrorism, violence and war does not follow God’s path. Those who supported this speech are those who are having to deal with violence and harm. The people opposing it are the are the ones preforming the violence and harm onto others. Although this particular speech didn't have a huge effect on the violence going on in places such as Syria, it had plenty of meaning behind it. I believe bringing in the religious aspect gave people a different outlook on what they were possibly doing to harm others.

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