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

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail was written in April of 1963. The letter was a response to religious leaders and  more moderate white Americans. Without any resources or notes he wrote a 7,000 word letter to fight against his accusers, who accused him for actions which are completely constitutional.

March on Washington: On April 28, 1963 hundreds of thousands of people gathered to march for civil rights and social freedom. Martin Luther King led this march and gave his famous ‘I Have a Dream” speech. The march achieved not only great strive toward blacks freedom and equality but also hope, and a belief in the democratic process.

MLK “I have a dream speech”: this speech was pointed towards everyone. This speech was to show his ideals on the future and how blacks should be treated. He first celebrates the emancipation proclamation, but then turns it around and jumps to present day 1963 and tells all how African Americans still aren’t free, from police brutality, to segregation,etc.

Malcolm X was also a civil rights leader except that he encouraged other ways to fight for civil freedom. Instead of peaceful non violent protest Malcolm promoted all races to defend them selves in any means necessary. His autobiography paved the way for the Black power movement in the late 1960’s and 70’s.

Black Panthers: was a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, that fought for revolutionary socialism. One of the first Militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation.-True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.-

Reflection: Many leaders took great risk and courage to fight for what they believe in. without these courageous men African Americans might not have been integrated as well as today.



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