The Fight for Freedom

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How did freedom for blacks come about? The Civil Rights Movement took place in the late 1950’s though the 1960’s, however; Tricia Andryszewski informs her readers that Black Americans had been working for change since before the civil war, but mainly beyond. Some of the most prominent civil rights leaders include Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Philip Randolph, and Bayard Rustin. The two main goals of the civil rights activists being, equal rights and treatment for all races. As a result, the “I Have a Dream” speech was written by Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who “Led successful efforts to integrate public transportation in Montgomery, Alabama; founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to work for nonviolent social change; and influenced the passage of major civil rights legislation in the United States” (Keene). The speech was enacted on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Monument. With the main theme stressed to the audience, all people are created equal. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. inspires his intended audience using the rhetorical devices of repetition and allusion. With this in mind, Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech has become the basis of inspiration for equality and social harmony in the United States through the decades thereafter. Throughout his speech, King provides several examples of what equality would really mean to Americans. Some of its popular themes being racial equality, justice, freedom, and interracial cooperation between whites and blacks. King heralds, “So we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice” (King). With this meta... ... middle of paper ... ... Press, 1996. eLibrary. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. Bankston III, Carl L., ed. African American History "I Have a Dream" Speech. Vol. 1. Pasadena: EBSCO Publishing, 2005. Salem Press. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. "I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King's Famous Speech Turns 50." The Week with the First Post 27 Aug. 2013: n. pag. The Week. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. Keene, Ann T. 1964: Martin Luther King, Jr. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. eLibrary. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. King Jr., Martin Luther. “I Have a Dream.” Speech. 28 Aug. 1963. Ripples of Hope. Basic Civitas Group: New York, 2003. 233-237. Print. L., Anson. "Rhetorical Analysis of the 'I Have a Dream' Speech." Teen Ink. Emerson Media, n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. Magner, Mike. "After 'I Have a Dream' Speech, 'A Shudder Went Through Me'-and Through the Nation." National Journal Daily 26 Aug. 2013: n. pag. National Journal. Web. 4 Mar. 2014.

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