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Describe the Significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and his I Have A Dream speech MLK INSPIRATIONAL MEME

When was it written, What was the letter about, why did he write it, to who, what is his argument  – analysis of its importance to Civil Rights Movement

While MLK Jr. was in jail, he wrote a letter to the newspaper explaining why he had broken the law. King wrote the letter because black people had suffered injustice for so long and he believed they should not have to wait any longer for change. He argued that “I am here because injustice is here. I would agree with Saint Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all.” King believed nonviolence was essential and this letter was important to his Civil Rights Movement.

March on Washington – who organized it, what was the objective – Was it achieved

Organized by a number of civil rights and religious groups, the March on Washington was a politically rally including 200,000 Americans. The March was a success as it did what it was supposes to which was allow Americans to protest peacefully about unjust laws. 200,000 black and white Americans shared a joyous day of speeches (including the famous I Have a Dream Speech), songs, and prayers. The March on Washington represented an affirmation of hope, belief, and faith in the fight for racial equality.

I Have A Dream Speech – what was his message, to who was it to – analysis of its importance to the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to about 250,000 people attending the March on Washington. He expressed to his audience the struggle ahead and the importance of continued action and nonviolent protest. His speech showed the importance and urgency of racial equality.

Opposite of non-violent

Malcolm X – who was he, how did he appeal to African Americans, how did he think African Americans should go about securing their rights

Malcolm X was an African American nationalist and religious leader. He advocated self-defense and the liberation of African Americans. He was admired by the African American community in New York and around the country.

Black Panthers – objectives, beliefs actions

Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced self-defense of minority communities against the US government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community based programs. Their objectives were to establish real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines.

Reflection

The information that will stick with me and has stuck with me ever since I first learned about it is MLK Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. Every time I learn about it it baffles me as to how impactful one man’s words could be to a struggling crowd. MLK provided hope for the 250,000 people he was speaking to and to the rest of the country. Going along with the last statement, MLK changed our world to what it is today. Because of him, I live in a diverse world where segregation and racial inequality is no longer an issue.

Resources

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/aa/king/aa_king_jail_2.html

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/march-on-washington

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/king-speaks-to-march-on-washington

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/malcolm-x-assassinated

https://www.marxists.org/history/usa/workers/black-panthers/

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