Marthin Luther King and Barack Obama

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The United States of America are a state that has gone through many stages of development at a faster pace than most countries. That is why, to us, it is almost inconceivable that merely 50 years ago, America was tainted by segregation, discrimination and even the complete oblivion towards the human rights. However, these issues were overcome because of many people who refused to be treated differently just because their skin was of a darker hue or because their God bore a different name. One of these people was Martin Luther King Jr., a simple pastor from Atlanta, Georgia, whose speech “I have a dream” inspired some people and awakened others. He was one of the reasons for which, 45 years later, Barrack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States. At first, Martin Luther King Jr. highlighted the injustices towards African-Americans, injustices that should have been obliterated with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. His soaring speech is addressed to all Americans and it emphasizes that, despite the provisions of the Declaration of Independence, African-American people were still not considered equal to white people. They were still being mistreated by the police force, still being denied the right to vote, still being separated from the white people in schools and other public institutions. The only thing he demanded with this speech was that the Americans kept the promises they had made in the Declaration, meaning that all men should be treated as equal. The striking feature of this speech was that, although it expressed frustration and demand for change, it did so without stirring up to violence or riot. What he wanted was for people to understand that change can be made withou... ... middle of paper ... ... leaders believe that the world can and Barrack Obama said However, I believe that the most striking resemblance between these two speeches is the fact that both of them militate in favour of unity and equality among people, regardless their race, religion or sex. To conclude, I believe these two speeches best represent the status of African Americans in their respective time. They both teach us that anything can be accomplished if our cause is just and we believe in it even when the others are against it. The African Americans believed in their freedom and they did so with great passion and perseverance, which often brought on them great loss and pain, which reminds me of William Ernest Henley’s poem ‘Invictus’ as he says “In the fell clutch of circumstance / I have not winced nor cried aloud. / Under the bludgeoning’s of chance / My head is bloody, but unbowed.”

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