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Martin Luther King Jr.

What's the meaning of the Martin Luther King Jr quote below? The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood as a leader for the oppressed during the Civil Rights Movement. He challenged the nation to transform America into a land of equality for all people—not just a...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 1:25 pm UTC

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What are some current examples of laws that you think are unjust by King's definition in "Letter from Birmingham Jail"?

In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King says that he believes, like St. Augustine, that an unjust law is no law at all. As one has the duty to obey just laws, so one has the duty...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 10:27 am UTC

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What does Martin Luther King, Jr. mean when he says "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things...

The actual quote by the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., is as follows: "A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 2:27 am UTC

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The Ultimate Measure Of A Man

"Young Goodman Brown" illustrates is quote well. Brown is tempted by evil and ultimately rejects it, but he is still given the gift of "seeing into the secret hearts of man" and recognizes the...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2010 10:20 am UTC

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When did Martin Luther King say this? "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and...

This is one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's most cited quotations. In fact, it is inscribed on his memorial in Washington DC along with other famous sayings of the civil rights leader. The most...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 3:16 pm UTC

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If You Can't Fly Then Run

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leading force in the civil rights movement in the late 50's and 60's. Dr. King worked hard to create peaceful protests against the injustices that were going on in the...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2015 2:59 pm UTC

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What are four different arguments in Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail?"

In "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," Martin Luther King, Jr. argues on behalf of direct action, argues that the newly elected local government can't be left to its own devices, argues that people...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 1:32 pm UTC

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In the "I Have A Dream" speech, give five examples of words that Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., uses to establish tone...

In rereading Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, there are words and phrases that jump out at me, again...and again. In terms of Rev. King's tone, I think there was a sense of hope,...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 8:01 am UTC

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What are some examples of logos in the "I Have a Dream" speech?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses rhetorical appeal—or what Aristotle calls “modes for persuasion” —in his famous I Have a Dream speech: ethos (appealing to ethics or credibility), logos (appealing...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2018 4:02 am UTC

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What is an allusion to the Declaration of Independence and the Bible in King's speech?

One of the more powerful attributes of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech is his use of allusions to historical documents. He is attempting to explain how many of the freedoms promised to...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 4:17 am UTC

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What does Martin Luther mean by let us not wallow in the valley of despair?

The "I Have a Dream" speech, by Martin Luther King Jr, is one of the most famous orations of all time. Its hopeful tone cries out to its audience to pursue King's "dream" of a racially just America...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2014 8:50 am UTC

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What did Martin Luther King Jr. do to arouse the audience’s attention?

Another way that Martin Luther King aroused the audience’s attention was through his use of rhetorical devices. To see this in action, let’s look specifically at his “I Have A Dream” speech from...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 7:42 am UTC

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In his "I Have a Dream" speech, King says "You have been the veterans of creative suffering." What does that...

Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech is one of the finest American speeches ever delivered because the words of Dr. King's speech are spoken from the wrenches of the promise of the American soul....

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010 2:19 pm UTC

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What is the rhetorical effect of the anaphora "one hundred years later" in paragraph two of Dr. Martin Luther King...

Anaphora is, according to eNotes, "the repetition of a phrase at the beginning of sentences," a technique seen throughout King's famous speech. Anaphora is seen in many iconic speeches--it's a...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011 4:44 am UTC

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What is the significance of this quote from Martin Luther King Jr.?: "Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than...

In his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," King takes special aim at white pastors who say they support civil rights but then attack King and his movement for not behaving in a more genteel way. In this...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 12:31 am UTC

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Effective Opening? Are the first two paragraphs of the speech "I have a dream" an effective opening?

I'd say one measure of effectiveness is whether or not the words still reach people and strike an emotional chord. I believe they do. King was a master speaker, and he reached out to each...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2011 9:51 am UTC

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How does Martin Luther King Jr. build an argument to persuade his audience that American involvement in the Vietnam...

King points to seven important reasons why he is against American involvement in Vietnam, and these seven arguments constitute the overall thrust of his speech. The first is what he characterizes...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 8:24 pm UTC

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Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech is divided into three sections: para 1-6, para 7-10, para 11-end....

In Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, section one begins by referring to theEmancipation Proclamation, signed fifty years before by a "great American" (President Abraham Lincoln), a...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 3:59 am UTC

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In "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Dr. King, how many paragraphs constitute the introduction, middle, and conclusion?

The conclusion of Dr. King's letter can be thought to be comprised of the final three paragraphs. When he begins the conclusion, King begins the third-to-last paragraph with the words "Never before...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019 8:06 pm UTC

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In the speech "I Have a Dream," how does Martin Luther King, Jr., appeal to pathos, ethos, and logos?

The three techniques of persuasion, according to Aristotle in The Art of Rhetoric, are based on the appeal to logos (reason), ethos (belief system and character of the speaker and listeners), and...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 7:36 pm UTC

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What did some of the quotes mean in "Letter From Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. -Injustice anywhere is a...

If you have a textbook or some type of resource to accompany this task, I would use that as a reference. Additionally, as pointed out in the previous post, there is a need to align what the...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2010 12:04 pm UTC

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What Rhetorical Elements Make The Speech Effective?

The repetition is something that makes Dr. King's speech extremely powerful and effective. Repetition as a rhetorical device helps to bring home several ideas. Initially, the repeating of "I Have...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 7:09 pm UTC

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Briefly outline what Martin Luther King said in his speech, "I Have a Dream."

I assume that you are asking about King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered in August of 1963. The main point that King is making in this speech is that he believes that America can live up...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2011 2:23 am UTC

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Give an example of a compound and complex sentence in "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

You will find so many examples of each in the letter that you will be in the enviable position of choosing which you like best. In terms of a simple sentence, I like where King clearly states that...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011 7:05 pm UTC

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What kind of struggle for equal rights does Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visualize?

Dr. King envisioned a difficult struggle for equality because its path was through nonviolent civil disobedience. The struggle that Dr. King envisioned for equal rights was a complex one. He made...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 6:23 am UTC

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What was Dr. King's style as seen in these two works? Letter from Birmingham Jail and I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin...

In both works, I think that Dr. King's style resides in both the rhetoric and content in suggesting that the struggle for Civil Rights is one for human rights. In the stylistic pivot towards a...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 6:14 pm UTC

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Assess how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. overcame so many challenges during the Civil Rights Movement.

The original question had to be edited down. There will not be one answer to this question because it is so very complex. I think that a good argument can be made that Dr. King was able to endure...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2013 1:35 pm UTC

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Did Martin Luther King and Malcolm X agree?

Of the many misfortunes caused by each leader's death is the fact that they were each moving closer to one another ideologically, but never had a chance to meet and discuss those shifting...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2017 8:27 pm UTC

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Why did Martin Luther King Jr's Chicago Campaign fail?  

I think that one particular reason why the Chicago Campaign in 1966 fell short was because the racism Dr. King sought to counter in the North was much more insidious and challenging than that of...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2012 11:07 am UTC

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How did Martin Luther King, Jr. propose to end injustice?

Dr. King believed that nonviolent civil disobedience would end injustice. Dr. King believed that people had a moral duty to oppose injustice. He was not passive in suggesting that individuals must...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 5:11 pm UTC

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What challenges did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. face?

Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's worked for desegregation, voting rights protection for African Americans, and an end to systemic racism all across America, but...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 12:48 am UTC

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Do you agree with the distinction King makes between "just" and "unjust" laws in "Letter From Birmingham Jail?" Do...

You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011 7:18 am UTC

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At the beginning of his speech, why does King explain his reasons for speaking out against the Vietnam War?

On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. stood before an assembled crowd in New York and gave a speech he titled “Beyond Vietnam.” King had been a leader of the civil rights movement since the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2017 2:43 am UTC

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What are the three dimensions of complete life?

In Plato's dialogue Euthyphro, written in 380 BCE, Socrates meets a man named Euthyphro outside the office of the legal magistrate of Athens who is known as the "King Archon." Euthyphro is involved...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2020 6:31 pm UTC

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Does Martin Luther King have any credible support of factual evidence/proof to support his remarks in his "I Have a...

It is important here to think about the nature of moral exhortation. Philosophers distinguish "is" or factual statements from "ought" or moral statements. If one says "it is raining today," one is...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 1:33 am UTC

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In "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Dr. King, how many paragraphs constitute the introduction, middle, and conclusion?

I think that the number of paragraphs is going to be a relative concept. With the transmission of speeches and writings to the web, strict paragraphing entirely followed. We can trace the...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011 7:07 pm UTC

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What did Martin Luther King Jr. mean by the "drum major instinct"? How can this instinct have a negative impact in...

Martin Luther King Jr.'s last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church was given February 4th, 1968 and entitled "The Drum Major Instinct." He used the analogy of a drum major who is out in front leading...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 2:51 am UTC

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Why was King such a controversial figure in the 1950s and '60s?

Martin Luther King was a controversial figure for a number of reasons, but mainly because of his commitment to unlawful, yet nonviolent, resistance. Many of those normally sympathetic to the cause...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 9:47 am UTC

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To what extent does Martin Luther King's personal authority lend power to his words?  

Martin Luther King had a great deal of personal authority that lent power and credibility to his words. As head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), he led the Montgomery Bus...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016 12:23 pm UTC

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Aim of MLK 'I have a dream' and Barack Obama 'Yes we can' speeches I would be so grateful if someone could answer...

These speeches are both inspirational. The two men are some of the best speakers we have ever seen. The idea is to inspire people to achieve something that seems next to impossible. Using...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2011 2:23 am UTC

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MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail focuses on his audience, the clergy of that city. How do his allusions to the Bible...

Dr. King's letter is often anthologized because of his masterful use of argument appeals. Specifically, in the letter, King relies heavily on ethos or ethical appeals because of his audience. As...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009 9:02 am UTC

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What did Martin Luther King Jr. ask for in his famous speech?

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, “I Have a Dream” at the Washington Rights March on August 28th, 1963. He asked for the freedom of the black people and stated that despite such...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 10:15 pm UTC

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I have to use the Cornell System for taking notes on Martin Luther King's speech.  I never used this before.  I need...

Cornell notes are a simple but flexible note-taking strategy. Basically, you divide your paper into three sections; each section will have a different purpose. To create the notes, simply draw a...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018 4:14 pm UTC

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How theme of love is portrayed in the speech, "Loving Your Enemies" by Martin Luther King, Jr.?

For King, the concept of love is critically important. Love is the tool by which spiritual and social transformation takes place. Dr. King believes that individuals have the power to change their...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2011 5:22 pm UTC

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April 4, 2018 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King is perhaps...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech was about a country united regardless of race, color, or creed. While there have been strides towards unity, it is still not complete, and therefore, even 50...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 4:24 pm UTC

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What qualities helped to make King an effective leader of the Civil Rights Movement? What qualities helped to make...

I think that King's background as a Christian minister helped him greatly. First, the clergy held an important place in the black community at the time. As a member of the clergy, King had...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011 9:19 pm UTC

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Were the things that Martin Luther King was fighting for important?  

As Martin Luther King said in many of his speeches, most famously at the March on Washington, he was fighting to redeem a promise that the United States had made at its founding. This promise was...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016 2:59 am UTC

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Why was Martin Luther King, Jr. such a powerful figure in American history?

Martin Luther King was a pivotal figure in American life during a time of extreme transformation of society, the 1960s. This was the period following the violent assassination of a president (JFK)...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019 3:48 pm UTC

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How can Martin Luther King, Jr be a positive influence for a new leader in today's world?

Martin Luther King, Jr is an American icon, known for his incredible work as a major leader of the US civil rights movement. King's strategy in fighting for equality was committed to peace and...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2020 3:19 pm UTC

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Has Martin Luther King's dream come true? Has Martin Luther King's dream come true?

It is easy to argue this either way. On balance, I would say that King's dream has largely come true, but not completely. To argue that his dream has come true, we need look no farther than the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011 2:53 am UTC

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