What exactly is freedom? Is it a figure of authority saying that you are free, or is it the actions of others to treat you that way? Today it seems that people act one way as if trying to ignore the past and suppress reality, thinking it just might go away. African Americans have been forced to suffer the indignities of false promises and disenfranchisement throughout time itself causing the rise of leaders through each generation by voicing their different opinions into one cause. With their great speeches of thunderous decree like Martin Luther King Jr. and his "I Have a Dream" (1963) or Fredrick Douglass" "Independence Day Speech at Rochester" (1852) they continued to push the envelope of hope, play to the nation's logos, and make an explicit reminder of the problems yet to be solved.
At first glance at the writings and thoughts of Douglass and King compared to each other one obviously notices the differences in the philosophies of the two. For instance, in Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" there is .
an almost blinding beacon of hope provided by the grace of the words flowing from Dr. King's mind. This hope he describes as a kind of dream, a dream that some day all will wake up and see what is happening by saying, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. . ." (CA 196). In obvious contrast to King's thought that people will be awakened by the mere existence of hope, Douglass asserts his opinions of what must be done. In his speech at Rochester, Douglass, uses strong and pounding words, almost warning the white society and telling the world that force must be used to shock society into enlightening itself, "For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened."(CA 386). With the substantial differences in language archetypes, the two voice their obvious different opinions of whether or not hope will make a difference.