Reasoning Behind the Protest

Reasoning behind the protest
    What is it that makes great orators such dynamic speakers? Is it passion? Is it the power to persuade, motivate, and inspire? Or is it the power to develop one's mind and touch your heart? What are the magical secrets of these exceptional communicators? Dr. Martin Luther King was one of the greatest orators of the past twentieth century.   His use of language to convey a message of hope and struggle is a classic example of how one can try to persuade other’s towards a particular cause.
      His elaborate use of this language is evident in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” addressed to a knowledgeable group of eight fellow pastors who were not in agreement with his difficult campaign of nonviolent engagement towards the segregationist of Birmingham Alabama. “But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms” (MLK 473). This quote by Dr. King lays the groundwork for his personal application of great oratory persuasion in relaying his message of self-struggle for him and his people.
    Dr. King strongly suggests in his letter that “There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice where they experience the blackness of corroding despair” (476). This represents Dr. King’s feelings on how African-Americans because of years of injustices have come to the realization that they must stand up for themselves and speak out against rabid segregationists who are intent on readily continuing the status quo. Failure to do so will only mean more years of oppression and hostility. Thus the decision to no longer tolerate racist and bigoted behaviors came to be.
    “Just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to...