1. Describe the Significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and his I Have A Dream speech MLK INSPIRATIONAL MEME
    1. When was it written, What was the letter about, why did he write it, to who, what is his argument  – analysis of its importance to Civil Rights Movement
    2. March on Washington – who organized it, what was the objective – Was it achieved
    3. I Have A Dream Speech – what was his message, to who was it to – analysis of its importance to the Civil Rights Movement
    4. Opposite of non-violent
      1. Malcolm X – who was he, how did he appeal to African Americans, how did he think African Americans should go about securing their rights
      2. Black Panthers – objectives, beliefs actions

Actual Letter link: https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

When he got jailed in the Birmingham Jail, he was responding to the way everyone is treating blacks and he is explaining his feelings for everything that was going on. He was arguing how what they are doing is unjust and arguing for equal rights. The letter also included events that were happening around the country and what was really going on with everyone. The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963. They were marching for jobs and freedom and it was organized by Martin Luther King Jr. The march was successful. Also at that speech he made his famous, “I Have a Dream Speech”. The speech is about how he wants everyone to be equal and how he is hopping that everyone will love each other no matter what race or ethnicity they are. He was sending a message of love, equality, justice, and freedom to everyone. The speech brought a lot of attention to the civil rights movement and was spread through newspapers and radios.

Malcolm X was an activist. He supported African American rights and was apart of NOI (Nation of Islam) which he later left due to issues with people apart of the group and created his own group called the Muslim Mosque. He believed that African Americans should do whatever it would take to get rid of racism even if it involves violence. He wanted equal rights for African Americans and thought no one could have a peaceful protest. Because of this, he gained a lot of followers who agreed with him and supported him. After coming back from Kaaba though, he started to believe in equality for all and started to fight for everyone instead of just African Americans.

The Black Panthers believes in violence is the only way to go in order to get a message through. They believed that Martin Luther King Jr. doesn’t know what he is doing and has failed to prove they deserve equal rights. They supported equal rights for all. Anyone who was oppressed does not deserve to be treated that way. They were soon shut down by the FBI.

Reflection:

The rallies are becoming bigger. They go from sit ins to more than 200,000 Americans marching in Washington trying to protect their rights and gaining the ones that the deserve. They were successfully able to help change and were gaining a lot of rights. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential people during these movements. He gave many speeches like for example “I Have a Dream” speech. He believed in non-violence movements. On the other hand, there were some people who believed they need to be violent like Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Both of them believed in order to actually get a message across you need to be violent. They all believed in equal rights for all, but they also had different views on how to get those rights as everyone else.

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