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…show more content…
King scrutinizes that his speech would be the “greatest demonstration in the history of our nation” he also included that “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.”, for that “Now is time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children” (King). In these statements, King mostly inspires the supporters of the civil rights movement, as he acknowledges his direct reason for their presence and for his insightful words to the nation. King uses “now” as a sense urgency to assert time, and includes “God” as a technique to increase his audience’s inspiration by attacking at their emotions, while incorporating purpose. Traditionally, the purpose of a speech impacts the attitudes and feelings of the author’s audience. Martin Luther King Jr. socially and personally affected the attitude of his audience. They regarded his speech with awe, astonishment, determination, the feeling of scared, all the while being impressed. Mike Magner, who witnessed the speech, recollects his reaction, “A shudder went through me as Martin finished. I now knew that I had witnessed something beyond my wildest expectations…Everyone on the mall and a whole lot of people watching on their tiny television sets were aware that they had just experienced something transcendent” (Magner). Magner would indirectly agree that the attitude of the audience would indicate astonishment and
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