Similarities Between Martin Luther King Jr And Susan B Anthony

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Birth of a Nation
A dream, a fight for rights, and the simple desire to make a change. Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B Anthony both wanted to change the world, in two different centuries, for two different reasons, and yet they both were remarkably successful. They both also helped changed the world as we know it today through the power of words.
In 1873 Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for casting an illegal ballot in the presidential election. Seething at the injustice, she embarked on a speaking tour in support of female voting rights, during which she gave one of the most inspirational speeches known as ‘The Constitutional Argument Speech’(History Place). In this speech Anthony not only spoke out as a woman but she shed an undeniable
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Through her assertive voice and her intricate use of advanced vocabulary and legal terms, Anthony exuded an aura of both superiority and candor. Although, her thorough presentation wasn’t enough to sway the jury it was enough to sway the minds of all women alike and bring about the start of new times. When King presented his “I Have A Dream speech”, like Anthony, he exuded an aura of confidence, and faith. The tone in this speech was very determined and throughout the whole speech, his goal was to just be free and have rights like the rest of citizens. In the "I Have a Dream Speech," the tone was clearly inspiring, forward-looking and bold. King wanted to stir the hearts of those holding on to the notion that freedom and equality in the United States could exist without segregation. On November 5, 1872 Anthony entered a barbershop that doubled as a voting booth and placed a vote for Ulysses S. Grant to win the presidency. She was arrested for her crime, but before being tried for it she delivered her speech on women’s right to vote to twenty-nine towns (Anthony). Anthony began her lecture by telling crowds that she was arrested wrongfully for voting in the last presidential election when she was simply using the rights granted to her by the Constitution. This began her first of many logos appeals to the audience and also built her …show more content…
“Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children” (King). Martin Luther King Jr was a non-violent and yet fiery leader who spoke with passion. Through his words he was trying to ignite the passion within his audience and that they could bring the long cherished dream of equality true. It is why he use words like ‘quicksands’, ‘racial injustice’,and ‘God’s children’ to bring the gravity of the situation before everyone and to help them realize how they could overcome their fear and work in the direction of racial justice and empowerment

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