Martin Luther King and William J. Clinton comparison essay Elizabeth Frame March 20, 2013 Ms. Johnson Period 1A William J. Clinton was a democratic president who administered the United States for two terms. During his terms the U. S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time throughout it’s history. In 2000 he called for a great national initiative to end racial discrimination. Martin Luther King was an American clergyman, activist, and a leader in the African American Civil Rights movement. He believed in nonviolent civil disobedience because he was a Baptist minister.
In 1955 he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and he helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. In 1962 King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, also organizing a nonviolent protest in Birmingham, Alabama that attracted national attention because of the brutal response from the police. King also in 1963 helped to organize the March on Washington where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In both the “I Have a Dream” speech and the “Remarks to the Convocation of the Church of God in Christ” delivered by Rev. Martin Luther King, and former president William J.
Clinton, both talk about things that at their time were very important to many of the citizens of the United States. They both made reference to great Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Reverend Jackson, and former president Clinton’s speech he even speaks a lot about Reverend Martin Luther King. They both stood for what they believed in in their speeches. Each one of them used solid arguments to get their points across to their audiences. From each speech there are certain words or phrases that everyone knows the speech by. For example Reverend King’s speech is remembered by the repetition of the phrase “I have a dream… . Both speeches have historic context that will always be remembered, and taught to each generation sleep that struggles from the past are not forgotten. In Reverend King’s speech he was speaking to the nation, all of the citizens or residents of the United States. Reverend Martin Luther King wanted to get the civil rights movement moving more and in a nonviolent way, so he used his opportunity to give a speech on the National Mall very intelligently and to his advantage. Reverend Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech for many reasons.
His main purpose was for people to realize the minority such as African Americans were not being treated fairly and they were not receiving the basic freedoms that as Americans they should have had. Although slavery was over African American people still were not free. His goal was to get across to the people and change what was going on in the everyday life of an African American citizen. He wanted the minority (African Americans) to have the same rights as the caucasian people. He wanted them to both be able to coexist in the same area without any type of discrimination towards each other. William J.
Clinton’s speech “Remarks to the Convocation of the Church of God in Christ” was addressed to the church but to the nation as well. The purpose of Clinton’s speech was to stress the need for effective crime legislation. He used the opportunity to speak at the church where Reverend Martin Luther King his last sermon about freedom, in order to address issues of crime, violence, and family. He made his speech while launching his plans to make America safer for future generations. Just like Reverend King, former President Clinton was against violence and wanted nothing but the best for ALL of the citizens of the United States.
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