PERSPECTIVES WITH DR. ARI GRAYSON ~ Three seminal speeches in modern American Political History + 1 special speech by Charlie Chaplin
Ari presents three seminal speeches in modern American Political History:
First up is Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech delivered on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the monument dedicated to the Great Emancipator – Abraham Lincoln. Dr. King’s speech set the moral and spiritual tone for the Civil Rights Movement and gave hope to countless millions of disenfranchised people of color.
The Second speech is John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address in January of 1961. Kennedy began his speech with the words: “We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom — symbolizing an end as well as a beginning — signifying renewal as well as change” and he ended with a line that defined a generation: “And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Kennedy’s inaugural address was as much a challenge to America’s youth as it was a speech.
The 3rd speech is the inaugural address given by Donald Trump on January 20th, 2017. Trump’s speech serves in stark contrast to the soaring speeches of Dr. King and John Kennedy. As the Boston Globe put it at the time:
“Inaugural speeches can be important and easily forgotten. Trump’s contribution to the canon will be remembered for its brevity, pugnacity, and radical departure from precedent — much like the candidate (now president) himself.”
I hope these speeches give you something to think about and even more to reflect upon.