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Title:
Say it loud : great speeches on civil rights and African American identity
Author:
Ellis, Catherine, 1964-
Publication Information:
New York : New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
xii, 287 pages ; 25 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.)
Summary:
Collects the text and audio recordings of famous African American political speeches, by individuals ranging from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to Condoleezza Rice and Barack Obama.
Language:
English
Contents:
"The ballot or the bullet, " 1964 / Malcolm X -- "The Black revolution and the White backlash, " 1964 / Lorraine Hansberry -- Eulogy for Malcolm X, 1965 / Ossie Davis -- "Where do we go from here?" 1967 / Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Speech on the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1968 / Roy Wilkins -- Eulogy for Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968 / Benjamin E. Mays -- Speech delivered at memorial service for Bobby Hutton, 1968 / Kathleen Cleaver -- Speech delivered at the Kaleidoscope Theater, 1968 / Bobby Seale -- Speech to Southern Conference Education Fund, 1968 / Ella Baker -- Speech at Howard University, 1969 / Shirley Chisholm -- Speech delivered at the Embassy Auditorium, 1972 / Angela Y. Davis -- Speech delivered at the National Press Club, 1978 / Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. -- Speech delivered at the first Scholarly Conference on Black Women, 1979 / Dorothy I. Height -- "The relationship of the Christian faith to political praxis, " 1980 / James H. Cone -- Nobel Prize lecture, 1993 / Toni Morrison -- Commencement address at Howard University, 1994 / Colin Powell -- "One hundredth anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson, " 1996 / Mary Frances Berry -- "America : a nation of equals, " 1998 / Ward Connerly -- Speech to National Council of Negro Women, 2001 / Condoleezza Rice -- "Youth and the political process, " 2003 / Maxine Waters -- "America beyond the color line, " 2004 / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- "Has the Black middle class lost its mind?" 2005 / Michael Eric Dyson -- "A more perfect union, " 2008 / Barack Obama.
ISBN:
9781595581136
Format :
Book

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Summary

Following the success of the path-breaking Say It Plain (New Press, 2007), which documented the great tradition of African American political speech, this new edition adds depth to the oral and audio history of the modern struggle for racial equality. Focusing directly on the pivotal questions black America has grappled with over the past three decades, this essential document features recordings and transcripts from the speeches of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, Bayard Rustin, Cornel West and Toni Morrison.


Author Notes

Catherine Ellis is a consulting producer for American RadioWorks#65533;, 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#65533; and was the winner of broadcast journalism's most prestigious honor, the 1999-2000 DuPont-Columbia University Gold Baton.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Following Say It Plain (2005), the highly acclaimed anthology of African American political speech of the past century, this collection offers speeches reflecting changes in black identity from 1960 to the present and the continued struggle for equal rights. Each of the 23 speeches is preceded by a biographical sketch of the speaker and the historical context for the speech. The collection begins with Malcolm X in 1964 addressing a Detroit Baptist church, warning of the thinning patience of black Americans longing for racial justice. It includes Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967 at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention steering the leadership toward economics and Henry Louis Gates Jr. in 2004 speaking on the eve of the release of his PBS project America beyond the Color Line. The collection ends with candidate Barack Obama in 2008 addressing, for the first time in his campaign, the thorny issue of race. An accompanying CD offers a chance to hear excerpts from most of the speeches, which collectively provide a sweeping perspective on evolving issues of black identity in the struggle for equality.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

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.


Table of Contents

Malcolm XLorraine HansberryOssie DavisMartin Luther King Jr.Roy WilkinsBenjamin E. MaysKathleen CleaverBobby SealeElla BakerShirley ChisholmAngela Y. DavisVernon E. Jordan Jr.Dorothy I. HeightJames H. ConeToni MorrisonColin PowellMary Frances BerryWard ConnerlyCondoleezza RiceMaxine WatersHenry Louis Gates Jr.Michael Eric DysonBarack Obama
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1 "The Ballot or the Bullet," 1964p. 1
2 "The Black Revolution and the White Backlash," 1964p. 19
3 Eulogy for Malcolm X, 1965p. 25
4 "Where Do We Go from Here?" 1967p. 30
5 Speech on the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1968p. 50
6 Eulogy for Martin Luther King Jr. 1968p. 61
7 Speech delivered at Memorial Service for Bobby Hutton, 1968p. 68
8 Speech delivered at the Kaleidoscope Theater, 1968p. 74
9 Speech to Southern Conference Education Fund, 1968p. 90
10 Speech at Howard University, 1969p. 101
11 Speech delivered at the Embassy Auditorium, 1972p. 112
12 Speech delivered at the National Press Club, 1978p. 127
13 Speech delivered at the first Scholarly Conference on Black Women, 1979p. 137
14 "The Relationship of the Christian Faith to Political Praxis,"1980p. 150
15 Nobel Prize Lecture, 1993p. 166
16 Commencement Address at Howard University, 1994p. 176
17 "One Hundredth Anniversary of Plessey v. Ferguson," 1996p. 184
18 "America: A Nation of Equals," 1998p. 196
19 Speech to National Council of Negro Women, 2001p. 204
20 "Youth and the Political Process," 2003p. 212
21 "America Beyond the Color Line," 2004p. 221
22 "Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?" 2005p. 239
23 "A More Perfect Union," 2008p. 271
Permissionsp. 271
Notesp. 273
Track Listp. 289