The United States of America has been committed to justice throughout its history. There are many people in the United States like George Washington Abraham Lincoln and many white men that are committed to justice. But African American have done a lot for the history of the united states like fighting in the fronts lines of wars and then coming home and being welcome back when being war a hero. I have came up with three power African American men that fought through racism and discrimination. I picked Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King Jr and Colin Powell. Each one of these great African American men either fought in a war or fought on the front lines of racism.Both Colin Powell and Jackie Robinson both in the military Martin Luther King was one of the major activists and planner for African American to be equal and to remove signs saying white only and out lawing Jim Crow laws.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a American baseball that is known for breaking the color Barrier in professional baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was their first basemen.How was he committed to justice for playing baseball. He was the one first African American to play baseball with white men. Before he was playing with the white Brooklyn Dodgers he was playing for the Kansas City monarchies in the negro leagues. This was a huge step for the United States and for tearing down walls a of racism and building walls of love and accepts.There were a scene and the movie fortify two that showed some kind of retribution Jackie Robinson and the entire Brooklyn. One is with Ben Chapman the Phillies manager said to Robison while he was batting,”Why don’t you go back to the cotton fields where you belong,You don’t belong! Look in a mirror! This is a white man’s game. Get it through your thick monkey skull!” Jackie Robinson has to hear this rascal insults and couldn’t fight back the only thing he could do was to play ball. If he did anything other then play ball he would have hurt is cause .There is another scene in the movie forty two where Ben Chapman snaps and sayings anything to be Jackie Robinson to react and Ben says this,”Hey, black Nigger! I know you can hear me! If you were a white boy, you know where you’d be right now? On a bus headed down to Newport News cuz you can’t play for shit! Ben not only disrespect how Jackie Robinson played and but he defiled and insulted him for doing something right. The song by Ellis Paul is a spot on song when we talk about Jackie Robinson and how he could be commented to justice.
Ellis Paul said,”Jackie Robinson was a man who swung a bat And because he was so good at it He became much more than that He was the first man of color in the game He rose from the Negro leagues into fame Into a world that was begging for change In the dugout, they have him a shout out They’re calling his name Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson You changed the way we play the game The game!Baseball, football, basketball,Long jump and track He was a world class athlete No game was gonna hold him back, he was called up to rise above all the shameThe slurs and the threats that he overcame His courage belongs in the hall of fame In the dug out They have hymn a shout out They’re calling his name” This songs talk about how he struggled and with racism and the African American community and some whites with his teammates supported him help him through his struggles.Without him and him being committed to justice and being committed to succeeding their might not be any Frank Whites or Ken Griffey Jr or Lorenzo Cain.
The next great person is Michael King Jr and his speech I have a dream August twenty eighth nineteen sixty three. Martin Luther was a civil activist in the sixties.He was one of the main leaders in the civil rights movement. One of his most powerful speeches I have a dream is a speech committed to justice. Martin Luther King Jr said,”I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation”. Martin Luther is talk about how Men were trying help the African American and do stop slavery and make everyone the same. ,”This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. Dr King is referring to the injustice done by the white southern s but he says there is a beacon of hope.He the beacon of hope is the beacon being committed to justice It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free; one hundred years later, 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; one hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land.Dr King is tell the listeners of the speech that the African American people have been mistreated for one hundred years and tell the country this to tell everyone that the African American community is tired of people this treated and they are committed to justice.”So we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. Dr King is saying that the Africans American community is here at the national capital to change this unjust problems.King is also referring to the declaration of independence a core document that is all about freedoms.”
This note was the promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” This is where Dr.King tells the United. States. Of America that they are a racist country and how a core document that talks about justice and isn’t being committed to justice because of someone skin color and Dr King says there is no more of this injustice.k But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.
This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy; 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 quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood; now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”King is saying that this is the time to have equal right for both rights and blacks.He is also saying that this it the time to be committed to justice and time for change.” It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content, will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.
The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the worn threshold which leads into the palace of justice. 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 protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy, which has engulfed the Negro community, must not lead us to a distrust of all white people. For many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of Civil Rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality; we can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities; we cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one; we can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”; we cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote, and the Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No! no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations.
Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi. Go back to Alabama. Go back to South Carolina. Go back to Georgia. Go back to Louisiana. Go back to the slums and ghettos of our Northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. 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.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, 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. I HAVE A DREAM TODAY! I have a dream that one day down in Alabama — with its vicious racists, with its Governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification — one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I HAVE A DREAM TODAY! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low.
The rough places will be plain and the crooked places will be made straight, “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.when Dr Martin Luther King is saying how wonderful it would be to see equality.The only way to see this is to be committed to Justice and see laws like a Jim Crow removed.” With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. He is talking about how we are all brother and should be committed to justice since we all are brother “And this will be the day. This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire; let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York; let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania; let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado; let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia; let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee; let freedom ring from every hill and molehillt of Mississippi. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” This speech is one of many essay that are committed to asking for justice. At the end of the speech he is basically saying that from east to west we should be committed to justice and have a dream and do whatever it takes to be committed to justice.
When Bobby Womack wrote the song American dream after the I have a dream speech.It took also calls is committed to justice. This portion of the song when Bobby Womack says,America is essentially a dream It is a dream of a land where men of all races of all nationalities and of all creeds can live together as brothers.”He referring to I have a dream speech.I have a dream this afternoon that the brotherhood of man will become a reality in this day”. And with this faith I will go out and carve a tunnel of hope through the mountain of despair.With this faith, I will go out with you and transform dark yesterday’s into bright tomorrows. With this faith, we will be able to achieve this new day.”
Lastly Colin Powell was a American general and the first black Secretary of State. He wrote many books the two books that committed to justice is American journey and In arms in war. Both these book talk about what he has done to had he was committed to justice and what he has done . This is from Colin Powell and he said,”thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you
Throughout American history many great white men have been committed to justice.But I just wanted to share and tell even if the people that when you are being discriminated against or being the first to do something says that you can always be committed to justice.
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