Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

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Say It Loud adds new depth to the oral and audio history of the modern struggle for racial equality and civil rights—focusing directly on the pivotal questions black America grappled with during the past four decades of resistance. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes powerful speeches by Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., James Cone, Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, and ...
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Overview


Say It Loud adds new depth to the oral and audio history of the modern struggle for racial equality and civil rights—focusing directly on the pivotal questions black America grappled with during the past four decades of resistance. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes powerful speeches by Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., James Cone, Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, and many others.

Bringing the rich immediacy of the spoken word to a vital historical and intellectual tradition, Say It Loud illuminates the diversity of ideas and arguments pulsing through the black freedom movement.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The speeches … collectively provide a sweeping perspective on evolving issues of black identity in the struggle for equality."
Booklist

"The electrifying speeches—all recorded at live events—focus directly on the questions, the struggles, the defeats and the triumphs of the 1960s to present-day America. A new depth to oral and written history, readers and listeners should consider this a great resource to add to their own personal collection."
The Saginaw News

Library Journal
Ellis and Smith (consulting producer and executive editor, respectively, American RadioWorks; coeditors, Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches) take as their starting point the year 1964 and end during the 2008 Presidential campaign. They include speeches from a range of activists, politicians, and academics, e.g., Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Seale, Angela Y. Davis, Shirley Chisholm, Condoleezza Rice, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Michael Eric Dyson, on the subjects of civil rights and race in America. Excerpts from each speech, as originally delivered, are included in an accompanying MP3-CD (with the exception of Ossie Davis's eulogy for Malcolm X). Each entry in the book is preceded by a biographical introduction (two or three pages), setting the speech in context. Barack Obama's 2008 address in response to the controversial statements by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, is the final entry.Verdict While Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches, edited by Josh Gottheimer, extends from 1789 through 1998, Say It Loud is an accessible work for general readers and will appeal especially to those seeking only the more contemporary examples provided here. This will be an excellent purchase for public and high school libraries.—Jim Hahn, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595581136
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,459,592
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Catherine Ellis is a consulting producer for American RadioWorks®, the documentary unit of American Public Media. She holds a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University.
Stephen Drury Smith is the executive editor of American RadioWorks® and was the winner of broadcast journalism’s most prestigious honor, the 1999–2000 DuPont-Columbia University Gold Baton.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Malcolm X: “The Ballot or the Bullet,” 1964
Lorraine Hansberry: “The Black Revolution and the White Backlash,” 1964
Ossie Davis: Eulogy for Malcolm X, 1965
Martin Luther King Jr.: “Where Do We Go from Here?” 1967
Roy Wilkins: Speech on the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1968
Benjamin E. Mays: Eulogy for Martin Luther King Jr., 1968
Kathleen Cleaver: Speech delivered at Memorial Service for Bobby Hutton, 1968
Bobby Seale: Speech delivered at the Kaleidoscope Theater, 1968
Ella Baker: Speech to Southern Conference Education Fund, 1968
Shirley Chisholm: Speech at Howard University, 1969
Angela Y. Davis: Speech delivered at the Embassy Auditorium, 1972
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.: Speech delivered at the National Press Club, 1978
Dorothy I. Height: Speech delivered at the first Scholarly Conference on Black Women, 1979
James H. Cone: “The Relationship of the Christian Faith to Political Praxis,” 1980
Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize Lecture, 1993
Colin Powell: Commencement Address at Howard University, 1994
Mary Frances Berry: “One Hundredth Anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson,” 1996
Ward Connerly: “America: A Nation of Equals,” 1998
Condoleezza Rice: Speech to National Council of Negro Women, 2001
Maxine Waters: “Youth and the Political Process,” 2003
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: “America Beyond the Color Line,” 2004
Michael Eric Dyson: “Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?” 2005
Barack Obama: “A More Perfect Union,” 2008

Notes
Permissions

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