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John Lewis' Speech at The March on Washington
Transcript of John Lewis' Speech at The March on Washington
Pictures of John Lewis
Web. 18 Nov. 2014. <http://civrights.wikispaces.com/John Lewis - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)>.
John Lewis used logical appeal in his speech. He said "It is true that we support the administration's civil rights bill. We support it with great reservations, however." What John Lewis is stating in those two sentences is that black people do support that bill, but they would like to add something to it for better rights. He also says in the beginning of his speech, "We march today for jobs and freedom, but we have nothing to be proud of." I believe what he is stating is that they shouldn't be proud of marching today, because that should have happened a long time ago.
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John Lewis' Speech at The March on Washington
Goals/Demands of the Speech
John Lewis demanded equal rights in different forms. First, he requested the right to vote in a direct and indirect way. He explains that the voting section of the civil rights bill is supported, but, "the voting section of this bill will no help the thousands of black people who want to vote." (pg.1)
Secondly, he requested a bill tht will provide for the homeless and starving. He asked, "We need a bill that will ensure the equality of a maid who earns five dollars a week a in a home of a family whose total income is $100,000 a year." (pg.1) he asks for a good FEPC bill.
In his speech, he also requests for the euqaility of being able to protest peacefully without having to go to jail or have police dogs or fire hoses in an indirect way. He talks of nine leaders of the protest have been indicted by the federal government for peaceful protest. Jphn Lewis asks, "But what did the federal government do when Albany's deputy sheriff beat Attorney C.B. King and left him half-dead? What did the federal government do when local police officials kicked and assaulted the pregnant wife of Slater King, and she lost her baby?" (pgs.1-2) He asks the rhetorical questions demanding freedom then instead of gradually.
I thought that in John Lewis' speech it showed a lot of emotional appeal. For example, "Unless Title III is put in this bill, there is nothing to protect the young children and old women who must face police dogs and fire hoses in the South while they engage in peaceful demonstrations." I thought that this made the audience feel sad and pitiful for the children and old women. It also made me gloomy/sad when the text mentioned, "We are tired. We are tired of being beaten by policemen. We are tired of of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again." Thinking about what happened to these poor people.
By: Austin Denton, Michelle Casanova, Karsen Calvert, and Annie Bui
The summary of John Lewis speech is he is trying to tell everyone " ...We are marching today for jobs and freedom, but we have nothing to be proud of." John Lewis wanted the Title III bill to be put into office so he can insure the safety of young children and old woman. He is also stating that for the voting section of this bill will not help for the thousands of black people who want to vote. "We must have a legislation, we need a bill that will provide for the homeless and starving people of this nation, also a bill that will ensure the equality of a maid who earns five dollars a week in a home of a family whose total income is $100,000 a year." We need a FEPC bill. He also wants a party that will include them instead of excluding them. "WE do not want our freedom gradually, but we want to be free now! We are tired of being beaten by policemen, tired of seeing our people locked up in jail." All over the nation, the black masses are on the march for jobs and freedom. John Lewis is saying "If we do not get meaningful legislation out of this congress we will not confine our marching to Washington. We will march with the spirit of love and with the spirit of dignity that we have shown here today. Wake up America! Wake up! For we cannot stop, and we will not and cannot be patent."
"March On Washington." The Guardian. Web. 19 Nov. 2014. <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/07/john-lewis-march-washington-50th-anniversary>.
Annie Bui was here (:
So was Karsen >.<
Austin was here too ;0
Michelle is bossssssssssss.
Natala is Karsens best Friend!
THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!
John Lewis' arrest
John Lewis was arrested for the protest of civil rights for using a white restroom