John F. Kennedy And Martin Luther King Essay

1030 Words Sep 19th, 2016 5 Pages
To be able to inspire and help others by merely speaking is a remarkable talent. John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. inspire, motivate, and transform the lives of others through their examples and speeches. On January 20, 1961 President Kennedy gave his influential “Inaugural Address” to the nation, asking for a change. King also demands a change when he gave his “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28, 1963. The 1960’s are a controversial period not only for our nation, but for the whole world. Due to the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement, many hearts are in need of motivation, and these two men do not disappoint. Both Kennedy and King demand a commitment for change in their speeches by integrating religion and government, referring to history, and by providing evidence through current situations, however, they have different techniques in utilizing emotion to inspire their audience, and their objectives are divergent. John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King both come from a strong religious background. King was an American Baptist minister (Carson), and his beliefs shows when he speaks. King makes numerous references about God, the Bible, and faith. When emphasizing his desire for unity between whites and blacks, he describes them all as “God’s children” (King 373), for example, when he says that, “This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning...”(King 373). Kennedy also has strong religious views. He comes from a…

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