Now that you’ve read the speech, you’re familiar with the text. Your next assignment is to listen to the performed speech. While no recorded version of the original “A Creative Protest” speech exists, the vMLK project put on an event with an MLK voice actor to re-enact the speech and create a recording of this work. Open the vMLK website and listen to the “Historic version” of the speech. Listen for all the elements of the recording, not just the words (you’ve read those already!). Consider these questions as you listen (perhaps taking notes), then write down some thoughts related to these questions.
- What is happening in the speech? How is the speaker speaking? How does that affect you?
- How does the audience respond? How does that affect you?
- What are some of the sounds that are also present in the recording? What impact does that have on you as a listener?
Next, go to the Multimedia page on the vMLK website and watch the video there. As you watch the video, consider the following questions (again, maybe take notes). After you’ve finished watching, write down some answers to the following questions.
- How does watching the speech change your perception and understanding of the speech. Do different things stand out to you?
- Do the visual aspects of the church change the way that you feel about the speech? How so? Why or why not?
Bring the answers to these questions to class, and be prepared to discuss them.