Speech On The Rights Speech Essay

727 Words Feb 17th, 2016 3 Pages
All of the speech options were powerful however one of the speeches spoke to me. Johnson’s Voting Rights Speech: “We Shall Overcome,” 1965. This speech was given in front of Congress just days after the police attacks on protestors in Selma Alabama. The goal of the speech was to gain support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I love “We Shall Overcome” because the message in this speech is as powerful today as it was in 1965.
The speech starts out talking about how this is a turning point for our country. Johnson also draws listeners by pointing out that “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans--not as Democrats or Republicans-we are met here as Americans to solve that problem.” By point out this is America’s problem Johnson is letting all of Congress and America know this applies to them.
The second section of the speech discusses two main points. The first point it discusses is voting being a simple basic right. The second point Johnson talks about in this section is the barriers which African Americans face in the voting process. These points are given so the listeners of the speech are aware of some background information.
Guaranteeing the right to vote is the third section. This section talks about the law which Johnson will be introducing later in the week. Johnson said “This bill will strike down restrictions to voting in all elections--Federal,…

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