Say It Plain: Great African American Oratory
by American RadioWorks
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most famous black orator in history. But he was hardly alone. For generations, African Americans have been demanding justice and equality, reminding America to make good on its founding principles of democracy. These orators, and the very act of speaking out, played a crucial role in the long struggle for equal rights. Hear some of the seminal African American speakers of the century. Image © Steve Schapiro.
||Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Oratory||us history sociology anthropology civil rights african-american political oratory segregation social change black history equal rights democracy reform freedom movements black pride freedom of speech martin luther king slavery Jim crow oppression||9/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||2009: President Obama Inaugural Address||--||1/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||2004: Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention||policital science electoral politics african-american studies||4/28/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||1921: Explanation of the Universal Negro Improvement Assoc.||us history segregation black history freedom democracy social change racism african american history civil rights||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1895: Speech to Atlanta Cotton States Expo||us history african american history slavery segregation civl rights historic speech archival||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1939: "What Does American Democracy Mean to Me?"||us history civil rights movement martin luther king segregation black history freedom democracy social change racism non-violence black power african american history voting rights||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1963: Civil Rights speech after Birmingham arrest||us history civil rights movement martin luther king segregation black history freedom democracy social change racism non-violence black power african american history voting rights||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1964: Democratic National Convention Credentials Committee testimony||us history civil rights movement martin luther king segregation black history freedom democracy social change racism non-violence black power african american history voting rights||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1966: "Black Power" speech at UC-Berkeley||us history civil rights movement martin luther king segregation black history freedom democracy social change racism non-violence black power african american history||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop"||us history civil rights movement martin luther king segregation black history freedom democracy social change racism non-violence||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1974: "The Black Woman in Contemporary America"||history sociology anthropology civil rights presidential politics african american studies women's studies||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1988: "Keep Hope Alive" Democratic National Convention||policical science electoral politics DNC african american studies history||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||1974: Watergate Hearings, House Judiciary Committee||history sociology anthropology civil rights presidential politics african american studies women's studies||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||2001: "Be Not Afraid" American Enterprise Institute||policital science governent judiciary african-american studies||8/13/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||Transcript: Barack Obama Inaugural Address 2009||--||1/30/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||Profile & Transcript: Booker T. Washington||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||Profile & Transcript: Marcus Garvey||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||Profile & Transcript: Mary McCleod Bethune||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||Profile & Transcript: Dick Gregory||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||Profile & Transcript: Fannie Lou Hamer||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||Profile & Transcript: Stokely Carmichael||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|22||Profile & Transcript: Martin Luther King, Jr.||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|23||Profile & Transcript: Shirley Chisholm||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|24||Profile & Transcript: Barbara Jordan||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|25||Profile & Transcript: Jesse Jackson||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|26||Profile & Transcript: Barack Obama||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
|27||Profile & Transcript: Clarence Thomas||--||9/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
I thought the collection was well done. I am appreciative to Apple for allowing the opportunity of these great voices to be heard ( for free!!). As to the statement regarding the exclusion of Frederick Douglas... He wrote secretive papers during slavery (1800's). I doubt if they had microphones and recordings readily available to anyone, let alone African Americans. I do however empathize with your desire!
A look at black patriotism from the beginning. I wish this collection included more words from brother Malcolm X but in times where black history is dumbed down so much a little is alot. May the truth spread to the ears of those who do not listen to the truth..
Missing a great orator
How do you have a collection of great African American speeches without including Frederick Douglas?