Speech Critique: Educate, Employ, Empower Black America

Topics: Barack Obama, United States, African American Pages: 2 (790 words) Published: April 24, 2013
The speech is called “Educate, Employ, Empower Black America” and was held in the Wicomico Room at GUC on November 14th at 7pm. Speaking was Edward Lee, the Worcester County NAACP President. He is a graduate of Cheyney University and served as a chair of the University’s Board of Directors. Also, Lee was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. The main topic of the speech was youth education and the future for Black America.

The central idea of the speech was well communicated. Lee spoke with a great passion for young African-Americans. His audience was well suited for this speech. Every person in the room showed interest in the guidance he was giving. Lee talked about his experiences in college and the things he had to go through to get where he is today. He also talked about his mentor, Malcolm X, and how he was an enormous impact in the NAACP President’s life. As Lee brought up new ideas in his speech, he would support it by giving an example from his own life. He did not use visuals. There was a flier handed out when you walked in but Lee did not reference it at all.

In the very beginning, before Mr. Lee had begun speaking, he came around to everyone in the audience to shake their hands and introduce himself. This set a comfortable atmosphere for people to ask questions and spark a conversation with him. After he came over to shake my hand, he seemed much less intimidating. The speech was organized by each step a young person can take that can change the future of America. In order, the steps were getting an education, making changes, and developing skills to succeed. While listening to his speech and his support for each step, it was realized he had the last two steps out of order. Despite that minor faux pas, he did not lose interest from his audience. It was clearly sectioned and he spent an equal amount of time talking about each idea. He started off by talking about his personal relationship with Malcolm X. When he talked about his...
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