Dr. King "I have a Dream
I have a dream may have been one of the longest speeches by the dr. King, however, it is one of the greatest speeches any other person can in identify with. Everyone has a dream, but their conviction about the opposability of achieving such dreams. For example, just like doctors king, my dream is not myopic because I still see a possible future in which the minorities will not be radicalized, while dr. king had a dream of equality and freedom. His dream may have appeared long shot when he quoted from the bible that "I have a dream that every valley shall be exalted,.." (Gates and McKay 107). But let justice roll down like water…" (Gates and McKay 107). Reading the speech made me wonder how bold such dreams was especially when he said the "this sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn…" (Gates and McKay 107). Personally, I feel that king’s speech was timely because the level of segregation was high in American at that time, but I feel personal restraints should have been observed because the speech w3as bold touching almost all the vital concerns of the minority counties in American. In as much as he was speaking of the African American, many minority communities were facing segregation and radicalization.
Dr. King "I’ve been to the Mountaintop",
"I’ve been to the Mountaintop"(Gates and McKay 110) is another build speech by Dr King, however, he was foreshadowing the attainment of the independence and his death. Fromm the quite below, it is clear that King somehow knew he would die, but was happy that his brethrens would one day enjoy the new American was freedom of speech, freedom of press as well as the freedom of assembly would be granted irrespective of the color, creed or race. Personal, I like the speech because all these happened. For example, he states, “Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. Nevertheless, I am not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. In addition, He has allowed me to go up to the mountain. In addition, I have looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. Nevertheless, I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight…” (Gates and McKay 110). Had king lived longer, I would have been glad to sit in his counsel and hear from his speech with the same convictions because this was both prophetic and artistic. When I read the speech, I feel that he actually "caught the mood"
Malcolm X "The Ballot or the Bullet"
From the speech, I particularly like the statement, ..”A ballot is like a bullet. You don’t throw your ballots until you see a target, and if that target is not within your reach, keep your ballot in your pocket…” his use of allegory and simile is unique as he hits the nail on the heads. He urges the minority communities to use the votes carefully because one has only one vote and the impact of their votes can only be realized if they voted as block. Personally, this was a worthy reading as it takes us back to the beginning of times when segregation was ripe and nobody was strong enough to argue that… “It’s time for us to submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the same problem, a common problem — a problem that will make you catch hell whether you’re a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Muslim, or a nationalist. Whether you’re educated or illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you’re going to catch hell just like I am..” (Gates and McKay 116). Malcolm X was on point, and I feel that his timing was impeccable as he provided the much-needed mass education at the time of the ballot.
Gates, Henry Louis, and Nellie Y. McKay. The Norton anthology of African American literature. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004.