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Civil Rights by Oliwia

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Oliwia Sledzikowska

on 20 May 2016

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Transcript of Civil Rights by Oliwia

Civil Rights - Racism.
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
What are Civil rights?
"Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals' freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. They ensure one's ability to participate in the civil and political life of the society and state without discrimination or repression."
Civil Rights
Martin Luther King's Civil rights speech talks about how black people aren't accepted in America. He repeats the phrase "I have a dream today!" which makes it memorable for us, and makes us feel passionate about the subject.
In John F Kennedy's speech he addresses the problems that some black students faced while trying to attend a university in Alabama, and how everyone could fix these problems.
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
At age 43, he was the youngest man to have been elected to the office, the second-youngest president (after Theodore Roosevelt, who was 42 when he became president after the assassination of William McKinley). Kennedy was the first person born in the 20th century to serve as president.
This means that Civil Rights are a way for everyone to feel safe, no matter the gender, sexuality, skin colour, etc. And that everyone would have the chance to believe in what they want and look like what they want without feeling threatened by other people.
Down Where I Am.
Too many years
Beatin' at the door-
I done beat my
Both fists sore.

Too many years
Tryin' to get up there-
Done broke my ankles down,
Got nowhere.

Too many years
Climbin' that hill,
'Bout out of breath
I got my fill.

I'm gonna plant my feet
On solid ground.
If you want to see me,
Come down.
Makes it memorable.
Emphasis on suffering
and waiting.
Informal language
Creates realistic effect
in dialogue. Shows emotion
Shows aggression.
Standing up for themselves.
Struggling for place to fit in
Taking a stand.
Staying where they are.
Emphasises following
Changes pace
At the start of the poem, the author complains about how they've been struggling with something, but we're not explicitly told what they are struggling with.
They use informal language to make the reader relate to the poem more. In the last stanza, the author becomes more passive aggressive and brave. They use commands such as "come down" to show that they are not scared anymore and that they will fight for themselves.
Oliwia Sledzikowska
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