Luther, Martin, “I Have A Dream”, Washington, D.C: Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous public speech “I Have A Dream” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. raised awareness and shared beliefs and ideas to unify the society mainly African-Americans. He also shed the light on Black People’s rights which were promised but never given to them. He stated, “Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given Negro people a bad check, a check which has come backed marked insufficient funds”. According to this statement in his speech, he indicates that justice is not served in this country to African-Americans as it was promised by other leaders. With a sense of determination and hopefulness, he delivered this speech which concludes that Martin Luther King Jr. was a very optimistic person who always gave the lesson to always believe in yourself.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, “Inaugural Address”, Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. He served the height of Cold War and gave out his famous Inaugural Address which was held on Friday, January 20, 1961 at the eastern portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Kennedy addressed what is to be an American and how can we become loyal to our country. He said this memorable phrase, “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country”. According to this statement, Kennedy expressed his thoughts to motivate the citizens to love and do the best they can to improve their country. Kennedy gave out his ideas in a very compassionate way which indicates that he wanted Americans to be patriotic and take pride in doing acts that can benefit United States.
Roosevelt, Theodore, “The Duties of American Citizenship”, New York: Buffalo, Jan. 26, 1883.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was the 26th President of the United States who was also a writer, statesman and conservationist. President Roosevelt gave his speech “The Duties of an American Citizenship” where he mainly focused on how we can all make America a better country. To deliver his message, he gave out the examples of how a family system works to support his ideas. Roosevelt stated, “No man can be a good citizen who is not a good husband or a good father, who is not honest in his dealings with other men and women”. This statement from President Roosevelt indicates he strongly believed that someone who don’t treat others right can’t be a good citizen. He also believed that citizens should respect and obey federal, state and local laws. President Roosevelt expressed devotion and vigorous support for United States in this speech which shows that he wanted citizens to know how to love their country.
Joseph, chief, “Surrender Speech”, Montana: Bears Paw Mountains, Oct. 5, 1877.
Chief Joseph was a leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe of the interior Pacific Northwest region of the United States. On October 5, 1877 Chief Joseph and his tribe, the Nez Perce surrendered to the US army in the Nez Perce War which they were fighting for survival. Chief Joseph gave out his speech where he stated, “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever”. According to Chief Joseph, he didn’t want to continue the battle because he knew he was the last of a dying breed, so he ends up surrendering which resulted in peace between two groups. This speech was given to stop the violence which makes the speech sound very serious and heartbreaking.
Jobs, Steve, “Stanford Speech”, California: Stanford, June. 12, 2005.
Steve Jobs was the chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Apple Corporation. He delivered his public inspirational speech at Stanford University in Stanford, California where he discussed about how he dropped out of college after six months because of financial issues and how he figured his life out. Jobs briefly talked about his setbacks which motivated the youth. He stated, “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”. According to this statement by Steve Jobs, he clearly trying to inspire people to chase their dreams and don’t someone else bring you down. He wants the people to know that what others think about you is not relevant. Jobs shows a great example of uplifting yourself which makes the speech cheerful.
Yousafzai, Malala, “Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons”, New York, July. 12, 2013.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist who won the Nobel Price for her speech. She is known for human rights advocacy especially for women rights. Her speech mostly focusses on women who can’t get education in some parts of the world due to different reasons. The way Malala delivered her speech showed the courage and power to motivate the women around the world. She stated, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world”. This statement from Malala concludes that she strongly believes education is the key to success. She conveys her thought that of education should be provided to everyone and nobody should be judged on their genders in order to get education. Malala also holds an opinion that if someone want to bring changes in this world, they can accomplish their goals with the help of knowledge.