Jfk, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X

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1. Who is the speaker, and what is his significance in history? The speaker of the first speech is John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States. President Kennedy was instrumental in improving relations with the USSR and improving civil rights in the US. He is seen as one of the greatest presidents America has ever had. The speaker of the second speech is Martin Luther King, and he is probably the most famous person associated with the civil rights movement. The speaker of the last speech is Malcolm X, who was another prominent figure during the Civil Rights era. Malcolm X gave an alternative view to the movement, where he advocated for the establishment of a separate black community (instead of integration) and for the…show more content…
And Malcolm X's speech is focused more on the voting right's for blacks. 3. Who was the intended audience for each man's speech and how does that affect the way it was worded and delivered? President Kennedy's audience for his Civil Rights Address was the entire population of the United States. The address was carried on the radio and the television, so the vast majority of the population heard the speech. Although the president was speaking to all "fellow Americans," he was primarily addressing white Americans. He asked people to put themselves in the place of a black person and imagine how they would feel if their rights were denied. Martin Luther King's speech was intended for all Americans. Approximately 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial to listen, and additional millions listened on the radio and watched on television. Black listeners were given a message of hope and a promise that the goals of freedom and inequality were in reach. For white people, King articulated the aspirations of blacks, and placed them in the context of the American dream. Malcolm X's intended audience in "The ballot or the bullet" were primarily blacks. He addressed them directly and told them that if they didn't get their voting rights, they were going to revolt against the government. The African Americans, now politically mature, realized that when white people area evenly divided, blacks can be the swing vote to determine
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