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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595581136
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,218,051
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents



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


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