Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

Who is speaking?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Why was/is the speech important to society?

It is a genuine plea for peace heard by one of the most influential public speakers ever.

Why do you feel it is important or interesting?

The Vietnam war was unjust, and established the U.S. as a terrible force in the eyes of the Vietnamese. Because Dr. MLK Jr. publicly protested this war as well as touching the souls of all who listened to him, this speech is important to mankind.

What is the emotion, mood, tone, personality, feeling of the speech?

Concerned, loving, caring, empathetic, hopeful, sensitive.

What is the intonation, emphasis, what is loud, stressed, or soft. Where are the pauses?

The pauses and emphasis are after he states a particularly serious and important line. He begins to get louder near the end.

What do you FEEL should be loud or soft, long pause or rushed?

"Destroy, Wealthy, and Hell should be loud. To create rhythm, some ends of sentences should be softer and slower.

Is there a call to action? When listening to it what are key/emphasized words?

The call to action is the powerful message behind this anti-war speech which goes deeper than just "No more war". Words that should be emphasized are "Enemy, Brutalized, Destroy, Death, Stop, Now, Child of God, and Hell.

How does it make you feel?

Sorrowful for the lives lost in such a horrible manipulation of human lives. Empowerment to stand for the MLK Jr. was supporting with this speech.

How do you imagine the audience felt?

Revitalized, empowered, inspired, sorrowful, mournful, guilty.

Could there be another interpretation of the speech?

Perhaps it could be interpreted as having more religious or self-righteous intentions , but it is a pretty clear speech.

Write/find a short bio of the person giving the speech.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War.
King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and Congressional Gold Medal in 2004; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

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