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

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

by Catherine Ellis
     
 

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Say it Plain, the celebrated companion to the American RadioWorks® documentary which documented the great tradition of African American political speech in the twentieth century, collected the transcribed speeches of the twentieth century’s leading African American cultural, literary, and political figures, many of them never before available in

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Say it Plain, the celebrated companion to the American RadioWorks® documentary which documented the great tradition of African American political speech in the twentieth century, collected the transcribed speeches of the twentieth century’s leading African American cultural, literary, and political figures, many of them never before available in printed form.

Following the success of that path-breaking volume, 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 three decades of struggle. With recordings made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes powerful speeches by Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr., James Cone, Toni Morrison, Cornel West, and many others.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595586278
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
393 KB

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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