“A Comparison of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech and ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’”.
Born in Atlanta Georgia in 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., conceivably lived as one of the greatest social and religious leaders in a country where a group of its citizens had to endure excruciating conditions of disenfranchisement, inferiority and degradation of a second class citizenship by reasons of race, color or origin. In effort to condemn all acts of racial discrimination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote several letters and gave inspirational speeches during his lifetime and strived to persuade governmental leaders to remove social barriers of segregation, acts of voter suppression especially in the southern states, and remote acts of racial violence against African Americans. Two of his pieces noticeably stand out as his greatest works, a “letter from the Birmingham City Jail,” in response to various religious leaders who had concerns about his peaceful demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. In the latter part of the same year Dr. King Jr. gave his hallmark speech, “I have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington DC. Even though the ‘letter’ and the ‘speech’ attracted different audiences with the latter stretching to reach the entire nations through radio and television broadcast, the two works are similar in style. They are the approach and methods, eminent change, nonviolent alternative to negotiation, and respect for diversity; all as means of inspiring intended audience through the art of persuasion. The art of persuasion was fundamentally crucial and strategically importing in courting the public to begin the difficult journey of examining prevailing conditions that favored a particular race over another. As an effective leader and an instrument of change, Dr. King Jr. acknowledged the need to be tactical in his approach and methods if he was to attain set...
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