Speeches By Michael Villani

A speech is the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.

One of the most famous speeches was Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech

The speech was about how our democracy was supposed to give all men their undeniable rights. In his speech King spoke how the US was still denying blacks their rights even though the Emancipation Proclamation freed them from slavery in the south. He said that now (1960s) was the time to truly make every man be given their undeniable rights by ending segregation.

Another famous speech during the civil rights era was JFK's civil rights speech that was given on tv on June 11, 1963.

Kennedy's speech was about people who were born black in this country don't get equal rights to a white person, along with what he will propose to congress to desegregate our country. John F Kennedy wanted to desegregate schools without discrimination and make black people's lives easier.

LBJ giving his "We shall overcome" speech

Lyndon Johnson's speech was similar to JFK's civil rights adress. In Johnson's speech he spoke about how the US is a country of freedom and liberty but by discriminating blacks we were not following our belief of freedom and prosperity same as JFK. But in Johnson's speech he wanted to remove illegal barriers that prevent blacks to vote, while in JFK's speech he wanted to desegregate schools. Instead of dividnig then American people more LBJ was trying to unite Americans by discarding the idea of identifying as Republican or democrat but instead as Americans.

Another example of a speech that advocates of something is Ghandi's "Quit India" speech. On August 8, 1942 Ghandi gave a speech about this passive resistance movement and what it stands for. The movement wanted an independent India through peacful resistance. In the speech Ghandi spoke about why India should be free, told his supporters to not be violent, and then told his people to not hate the British.

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  • "The Quit India Speeches | Famous Speeches by Mahatma Gandhi." The Quit India Speeches | Famous Speeches by Mahatma Gandhi. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.
  • "American Rhetoric: John F. Kennedy -- Civil Rights Addess." American Rhetoric: John F. Kennedy -- Civil Rights Addess. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.
  • "American Rhetoric: Lyndon Baines Johnson -- "We Shall Overcome"." American Rhetoric: Lyndon Baines Johnson -- "We Shall Overcome". N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.
  • Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech - American Rhetoric." Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech - American Rhetoric. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.

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