Assess who would be worthy of an outstanding communication award.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This topic can move into a historical realm quite quickly. If we look at people who would be worthy of an outstanding communication award in our times, I think that people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill, Sojourner Truth, and Abraham Lincoln immediately come to mind.  There are many more that could meet this criteria, but these would be just a few.  They can be seen as worthy of receiving an outstanding communication award because they featured similar qualities that make them understood as great communicators.  

They spoke with a sense of authenticity about them, making the audience immediately identify with them.  When Churchill speaks to the British public about what British character is in the midst of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, he stirs people into a sense of understanding.  Lincoln was able to communicate in a direct and passionate way in his speeches. He was not known for excessive zeal or exuberance, but he spoke so authentically that one understood his position, making him respected or disdained at the time, but one that made him appreciated historically.  Sojourner Truth speaks with a sense of life in her voice.  Her communication skills can be on display with works like "Ain't I a Woman," in which her life story drips into the listener's  ear like the most painful of nectars:  Beauty within its hurt.  She enabled the audience to identify with her, making her an outstanding communicator.  It was hard not to identify with Dr. King.  When he says, "Let freedom ring from every mountaintop," it is evident that there is a shared communication as to what it means to be free, to be in bondage, and to be an American. Being worthy of an outstanding communication award means being able to convey authenticity and a sense of sincerity in purpose.  Thinkers and speakers like Churchill, Lincoln, Truth, and King would embody this.

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