Throughout, American history there were numerous of influential speeches made by countless of important activists, but there were only a few that stood out amongst the crowd.
Martin Luther King and Malala Yousafzai were one of these few people their impassioned speeches, ” I Have a Dream” and Malala UN speech, motivated and inspired multiple people across the world and as well has caused a huge impact on American society. Although, both speeches spoke of different topics, focused on a different broad of people, and had sent out different messages throughout their speeches, there are quite some similarities amongst the two from coming from unfortunate backgrounds, standing up against injustice, and opposed of using any brutal actions.Although, MLK ” I Have A Dream” speech and Malala UN speech where influential and motivational speeches to countless of people around the world, and created a worldwide impact on American society.
They were both fighting for something different as Malala gives her speech at the UN building throughout her speech she speaks of fighting for women rights and education as she exclaims, ” Dear fellow, today I am focusing on women’s rights and girls’ education because they are suffering the most in the world”( Malala). Her main focus in her speech was on the topic of girls education and women’s rights. On the other hand, when Martin Luther King gives his speech at Washington D.C throughout his speech he focuses on the topic of fighting for equality for African American people as he exclaims in his “I Have a Dream” speech,” I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:”We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal”( MLK).
In his speech he speaks about fighting for equality for African Americans. The cause for Malala wanting to fight for women’s rights and education and King wanting to fight for equality is they both had come from unfortunate backgrounds. During Malala UN speech she gives an informative background of how cruel the society she lives in as she states in her UN speech, ” The Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed. And then, out of that silence came, thousands of voices”( Malala).
Unfortunately, Malala lived in a society where the terrorist, Taliban tried to subdue down the population by destroying and disallowing women to have an education by using brutal actions sadly Malala was a victim of this. Similarly, to King who also came from an unfortunate background where in his society his own skin color was frowned upon, ” The life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity”(MLK) Sadly, King came from a racist society where color people like him were treated poorly and frowned upon. Hence, the reason why Malala is wanting to fight for women’s rights and education as she wants a change as well as King who is fighting for equality for African Americans. Additionally, through the course of Malala UN speech she mainly focuses on one gender specifically women rather than men as she mentions in her speech, “Today I am focusing on on women’s right and girls’ education because they are suffering the most”(Malala). In contrast, of Malala UN speech King specifically focuses on African American as he states, ” America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.
..Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children”( MLK). King primary focus in his speech is towards a whole race specifically African American. Although, both speeches focuses on a different broad of people they are both standing up against the injustice of whom their speeches are directed towards. Malala is willing to go against the Taliban to seek for women rights and girls education as she sees it’s unfair for women not to be able to have an education as she mentions in her UN speech ,”I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child.
I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists especially the Taliban”(Malala). Malala stood up against the Taliban for women to have a right of an education even if it puts her life and her own family in danger. Similarly, to King as he finds it unfair for a skin color to determine how one should be treated as he exclaims,”A state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” ( MLK). Martin Luther King stood up against the injustice of how blacks were treated and fought for equality that one day both of different colored race would come together and join hands. Furthermore, Malala overall message in her speech was for all girls to be able to go to school and women’s rights as she states in her UN speech ,”We call upon the developed nations to support the expansion of educational opportunities for girls in the developing world.” Malala wanted the world to know through her speech that education was important and that girls should be able to go to school.
However, in King ” I Have Dream” speech , his overall message was for everyone to be treated equally no matter of their race as he states in his ” I Have a Dream” speech, ” I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” Martin Luther King wanted the world to know that one should not be treated any less poorly due to their skin color that everyone should overall should be treated equally, no matter of their skin color or race and only be judged by who they are as a person. When Malala and King gave their messages to the world on how they wanted for girls to be able to have an education and that everyone should be treated equally no matter what. They had both opposed for anyone to use any brutal action on doing so.
In Malala UN speech she concludes that she wouldn’t shoot a Taliban if he was standing in front of her. as she stated in her UN speech,” Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him…This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
This is the philosophy of nonviolence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa.” Despite, what the Taliban had done to her, she does not seek for any revenge she refuses to use any action of brutality against the Taliban to seek for women rights and for girls education. Identically, like King in his speech he explains that he rather not have people commit to any violence while fighting for what they stand for as he states in his “I Have a Dream” speech, “In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”Martin Luther King does not want people to do wrongful deeds for fighting what they stand for as well as not wanting their protesting to convert into physical violence.In conclusion, Malala UN speech and Martin Luther King ” I Have a Dream” speech were both so empowering that it blew everyone’s mind and as well had caused a massive impact on American society.
Although, Malala and Martin Luther King were fighting for something different, focused on a different broad of people and send out different messages through their speeches. There were quite some similarities among both speeches, both coming from unfortunate backgrounds, opposing to using any type of violence for fighting what they believe in and standing up against injustice. They were both such influential activists that they resembled a leader of a pack of wolves who never backs down. They inspired countless of people to raise their voices and not be afraid to stand up for what they believe in as just one voice can change the world. As Dianna Hardy had once said,” It takes one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche.”