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notion spaces and forms of power

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The notion I’m going to deal with is places and forms of power. First of all, let me define what power is. To me, the power is a right or an authority given or delegated to a person. I would like to illustrate this notion through the theme of protest and commitment. Since the dawn of mankind, people have been confronted with unfairness and power abuse. That is why protest was born. The more people are aware of an injustice, the more likely they are to fight it. We may wonder : how do people rebel against power in America in the 60s ? When one reflects on American History, individuals’ contributions come to mind : Linda Brown, Rosa Parks, or Martin Luther King Jr. These people changed the course of History. That is why my presentation will fall into three parts, through which I will consider those people.

« and make it national debate. In this way, the Supreme Court intervened and declared segregation on buses illegal. Now, last but not least, let’s turn to our third personality : Martin Luther King. He had already played a major part in the Montgomery boycott. He promoted non-violent actions to struggle against the segregationist laws as civil disobedience or demonstration. One of the most famous demonstrations took place in Washington in 1963. We studied his famous speech : « I have a dream ». Martin Luther King claimed that all men were created equal and he hoped to obtain equality for the Blacks. He told people not to hate all people of different races, religions and origins but to fight for freedom and equality. Thus, King was to prove an incredibly eloquent spokesman and he largely contributed to ending the legal segregation of Blacks. His speech mobilized supporters of desegration and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As a conclusion, I can say that the way all those people fought is absolutely amazing and impressive, they all can be admired for their achievements. They have expressed their disagreement through demonstrations, speeches, boycotts… and thanks to their struggles, American society has been able to fight and change. However, today discriminations and inequalities still exist in America. Finally, commitment may sometimes seem a lost cause, but there will always be hope as long as one person decides to stand up against injustice. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything »


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