John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, gave a speech on September 12, 1962 that was instrumental in the space race. The now famous Rice Stadium speech at Rice University in Houston, Texas was a rousing call to arms for space exploration. In this groundbreaking speech, JFK spoke in depth on how far mankind has come in its scientific knowledge. The President compared the advancements over the past 50,000 years to the vast strides made in the preceding 50 years and the fast pace (more…)
The Gettysburg Address was a short, 2-minute speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863, during the U.S. Civil War. The speech was part of a dedication ceremony at the Solders’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The President predicted his words would not be remembered by the world. On the contrary, the words of the Gettysburg Address have endured through generations, and the speech is one of the most famous and often-quoted speeches in the history of the United States.
In the speech, President Lincoln refers (more…)
Malcolm X was a proponent of civil rights for all people regardless of their race. One of the landmark speeches that he gave on this topic was “The Ballot or the Bullet Speech.” It was given April 3, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio. In this speech he announced that he would be separating from the Nation of Islam because religion was just another issue that was destroying the unity of African-Americans. The Nation of Islam was an African-American nationalist group that (more…)
The separation of church and state is a long held American belief, and one which the founding fathers were careful to put into the Bill of Rights. However, there have always been people who have pushed against that barrier, or who have been afraid that other people might push against it. John Kennedy, the first Catholic president that we’d had, was one example. Some Americans were convinced that, as a Catholic, Kennedy would simply follow the directives of the pope when governing (more…)
On August 28, 1963, before a crowd of thousands who had come to Washington, D.C. to march on behalf of civil rights for black Americans, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the best-known speeches of his life. Remembered as the “I Have a Dream Speech” the purpose of the sixteen minute address was to appeal to the nation’s conscience and to inspire and encourage those involved in the struggle for civil rights to keep on working courageously despite all opposition.
King’s courageous work (more…)