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Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity Hardcover – August 31, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The; Har/MP3 edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595581138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595581136
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --Vanessa Bush

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"The speeches … collectively provide a sweeping perspective on evolving issues of black identity in the struggle for equality."
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"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."
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Catherine Ellis is a producer for American RadioWorks®, the documentary unit of American Public Media. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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Format: Hardcover
The sequel to the speech anthology/CD compilation "Say It Plain", Say It Loud! Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity collects memorable speeches (all as recorded at live events) pertaining to the African American struggle for liberty and equality from 1960 to the present day. An accompanying MP3 allows one to listen to the impassioned voices of great leaders speaking directly to the hearts and minds of the people about racial equality and civil rights. Individual speeches include Malcolm X's "The Ballot or the Bullet", Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Where Do We Go from Here?", Toni Morrison's 1993 Nobel Prize Lecture, Condoleeza Rice's "Speech to National Council of Negro Women", and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union" 2008 speech. Like its predecessor, "Say It Loud!" is a superb primary source worthy of the highest recommendation for public and college library collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The presentation is interesting whether or not you
agree with the authors. The book discusses
Malcolm X and his famous "By any means necessary"
reference to dislodging racism. In my own experience,
a more inclusive teaching of global history and
culture would accomplish this aim. The current texts
tend to be Eurocentric; however, this is changing ever
so slowly with the inclusion of Latin America, Asia
and select countries like South Africa.

Malcolm's famous pilgrimage to Mecca is cited.
In addition, Malcolm X believed that the local residents
should own, operate and control the economic entities
within their neighborhood and sphere of influence.
I agree. Residents should own and control the economic
factors of production within their community.

There is an excellent discussion of Lorraine Hansberry.
Her best known work, A Raisin in the Sun, was inspired
by the family's legal battle against racially segregated
housing laws in the Washington Park Subdivision of the
South Side of Chicago .

The chapter on Dr. Martin Luther King was excellent.
In particular, he stated that "the Negro lives in the
basement of the Great Society". There has been
improvement in my lifetime. Specifically, African
Americans have more representation at the very top
of the United States Government. i.e. Presidency,
Cabinet, Supreme Court, The Congress, Governorships
etc.

On his death, nearly 100 cities exploded in random
violence. Dr. King's Citizen Education Program
emphasized literacy, consumer education and
Planned Parenthood. Operation Breadbasket in Chicago
resulted in 2200 new jobs and nearly $18MM in incremental
yearly income. Dr.
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