This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

This Essay Contains The Differences And Similiarties Of These Two Great Men's Speeches: "I Have A Dream" By Martin Luther King And "The Ballot Or The Bullet" By Malcolm X

1671 words - 7 pages

Martin L. King and Malcolm XMartin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were raised in different environments. King grew up in a safe middle-class family, while Malcolm X came from a poor home. Despite the different upbringings, they were both black and had a dream, but unfortunately never lived to see it become true. However, both men had become high images in the current African-American culture and had indeed a great influence on Afro-Americans in 1960's. One was a great peaceful man who spoke to all humanity, marched peacefully around, and wanted the blacks to achieve full equality with whites. His popular speech goes like this: "I have a dream, a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed... that all men are created equal." (Martin Luther King). The other man was Malcolm X, who spoke of a violent revolution, which would bring about essential change for the black race. "Anything you can think of that you want to change right now, the only way you can do it is with a ballot or a bullet." (Malcolm X). Anyhow, I am going to elaborate more on these two great men and their speeches (I Have a Dream by M. L. King and The Ballot or the Bullet by Malcolm X) by comparing them and writing what the similarities and differences in these two texts are.The first text I am going to deal with is Dr. Martin Luther King's speech "I Have a Dream". The speech was delivered on August 28, 1963 before more than thousands of people in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The speech became a huge success and a great piece of rhetoric in American History. The speech was about the desire for a future where blacks and whites would coexist peacefully as equals. The speech contained the dreams, which Martin Luther King wanted to see come true years back when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Martin Luther King was a Baptist Minister who non-violently fought to free all people from the bondage of separation and injustice. In his speech, he said that the Blacks had to gain their rightful places but not by wrongful deeds - "not by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred" (p. 20, l. 65). He wanted to fight on the plane of dignity and discipline. However, regardless of the problems and frustrations he and the black population had been through during the segregation and fighting against segregation, he says that he still has a dream. "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."…" I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character." (p. 20+21 line. 20-30) He says with this faith, he will return to the South, and with this faith the blacks will stand up for freedom together - by knowing that one day they will be free and equal as the whites. He says let...

Find Another Essay On This essay contains the differences and similiarties of these two great men's speeches: "I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King and "The Ballot or the Bullet" by Malcolm X

Differences Between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

1082 words - 4 pages good of the country. WORKS CITED King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Letter From Birmingham Jail." The Borzoi College Reader, 3rd edition. Ed. Charles Muscatine and Marlene Griffith. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. Pilgrimage to Nonviolence '58. Memeo. Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1965. "The Ballot or the Bullet." The Borzoi College Reader, 2nd Edition. Ed. Charles Muscatine and Marlene Griffith. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1974.

two speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.

830 words - 4 pages speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. are very influential and can be used by all citizens to help speeches all around the world. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great speaker and is a person that is highly regarded to be one of the best speakers ever. Excerpt two was a much better speech. The reason on why excerpt two was a better speech is because Martin Luther King Jr. couldn’t just speak a normal way. Martin Luther King Jr. had to use a completely

"I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King

817 words - 3 pages The effect of repetition of words and phrases on the main messages contained I have a dream is an inspirational speech delivered by Martin Luther king to emphasizeover the critical situation of negroes, who are still living in the dark age. Whereas he examinesthat how the blacks are suffering in the crucial situation, to convey the true feelings of AfricanAmericans. This is an argumentative and persuasive appeal to the readers in order to

A Comparison of I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King and Victory Speech by Barack Obama

1672 words - 7 pages "I Have A Dream" and "Victory Speech" are two amazingly powerful speeches delivered by two big leaders of the American nation: Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. Both of these speeches are united in the hopes of creating a better country and achieving the American dream. The two discourses are an introduction to a change or to an improvement. Although these speeches are fairly similar, their purposes and audience are different. To begin

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr

1475 words - 6 pages Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.      African Americans are fortunate to have leaders who fought for a difference in Black America. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X are two powerful men in particular who brought hope to blacks in the United States. Both preached the same message about Blacks having power and strength in the midst of all the hatred that surrounded them. Even though they shared the same dream of equality for their

The Differing Methods And Aims Of Malcolm X And Martin Luther King

895 words - 4 pages The Differing Methods And Aims Of Malcolm X And Martin Luther King The methods of Malcolm X and martin Luther King were very different but they shared the same basic aim, to improve the lives of black Americans. Possibly these differences in both aims and methods comes from the differences in the way they were raised, Malcolm X was born Marcus Little in Omah, Nebr. Malcolm X's father was a follower of Marcus Garvey

Compare and Contrast the Work of Martin Luther King Jr & Malcolm X

991 words - 4 pages social issues. That is where his leadership became to be questioned by some blacks. Equality had sound better than dominating other races. In history we know that no two men are alike but, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were phenomenal people and leaders. Both had visualized some type of change in the future, yet were not literally able to see it. Both Dr. King and Malcolm X set out to bring a sense of confidence to blacks all

Martin Luther King And Malcolm X

607 words - 2 pages Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had a common purpose for African Americans; justice and equality. Illustrated through their speeches, Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” and Malcolm X’s “Talk to Young African Americans”, the two did not share techniques or ideas. Yet both men had the support of millions and millions of people. One of the worlds best known advocates of non-violent social change strategies was Martin Luther King Jr. He

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

876 words - 4 pages Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X both talk about the oppression that the black community suffered, and they defended their positions and their thoughts. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed himself very politely in his Letter from Birmingham City Jail. He used the Bible as a reference to what he was doing. In his letter he was referring to the clergymen, these were men of God; Martin Luther King Jr. used the Bible to defend his fight

Comparing Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

1247 words - 5 pages black’s right to vote was granted. Kings philosophy of receiving fair treatment is to be friendly and peaceful was a true meaningful saying. Martin Luther King is a dominant figure even today in the present remembered by many for his service and immense contribution to the black civil rights protest. Another renowned triumphant leader was Malcolm X. born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska he was bought up in a poor

Malcom X Speech The Ballot or the Bullet

670 words - 3 pages “Polack” showed he was not afraid of white people anymore and no one else should be either. The tone and mood had a major impact in “The Ballot or the Bullet.” “The Ballot or the Bullet” is a speech spoken by Malcolm X. He used rhetorical devices, and his mood and tone to make his point clear. Throughout the speech he used rhetorical devices of repetition, metaphors, and understatement to make sure his view and points were emphasized. He also used tone and mood to persuade the audience to think the way he was thinking. His speech shows the importance of the time period and what was going on with racism and government.

Similar Essays

The Ballot Or The Bullet By Malcolm X Analysis

959 words - 4 pages are heard, by using the democratic opportunities available to them, and voting, or by resorting to violence to gain attention. It should also be understood as a warning to white Americans, that if the black community do not receive the respect they deserve then they will choose to use violence against them. The speaker of this poem is Malcolm X who was an African - American human rights activist, he belongs to the religion of islam, and audience

Martin Luther King And Malcolm X: How These Two Men Were Vying For The Same Outcome

2220 words - 9 pages the glory of the lord shall be revealed, and all shall see it together," (Internet, Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech) Unlike Malcolm X, King does not incite his followers to riot and hate, but encourages his followers to remember that all people are God's children and that hopefully one day all American can join together to sing "My country tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing." King's eventual disillusionment became because

Use Of Tv By Martin Luther King And Malcolm X During The Civil Rights Movement

2044 words - 8 pages , of the press, of religion, and of fair and equal treatment is the basic civil rights. Black protestors like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King made many important speeches on TV that would have helped the nationwide campaign for civil rights. By putting their speeches on TV they are broadcasting their view on how blacks are being treated to a wider audience. Martin Luther King believed that the whites and Blacks

Rhetorical Analysis Of The I Have A Dream Speech By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

1263 words - 5 pages Luther King Jr. was trying to make. The use of Aristotle’s three appeals provided emotion, ethics, and logic to the speech. Martin Luther King Jr.’s use of these key tools created an effective speech that will be remembered for centuries. References Congress of Racial Equality. March on Washington. Retrieved from http://www.core-online.org/History/washington_march.htm King, M.L. Jr. (1963, August 28). I have a dream- address at March on Washington. Retrieved from http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html Martin Luther King Online (Producer).http://www.mlkonline.net/video-i-have-a-dream-speech.html