Speeches by Black Americans



Speeches by Black Americans

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"Speeches by Black Americans". Ed. Daniel J. O'Neill. Encino, CA: Dickenson Publishing, 1972.

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One: The Heritage
● James Forten and Russell Perrott / An Appeal against the Colonization Movement
● Henry Highland Garnet / An Address to the Slaves of the United States
● Frederick Douglass / Reception Speech in England
● Frederick Douglass / Fourth of July Oration
● Frederick Douglass / Men of Color, to Arms!
● Robert Brown Elliott / Speech on the Civil Rights Bill
● Booker T. Washington / Speech at the Cotton States Exposition
● W. E. B. Du Bois / Address to the National Negro Convention
● Marcus Garvey / The UNIA Movement
● A. Philip Randolph / March on Washington Address
● Thurgood Marshall / The Legal Attack on Secure Civil Rights

Two: The Contemporary Scene
● From the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
● Martin Luther King, Jr. / I Have a Dream
● Martin Luther King, Jr. / Nonviolence and Social Change
● Roy Wilkins / Sail Our NAACP Ship--Keynote Address
● Whitney M. Young, Jr. / Can the City Survive?
● Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. / "Can There Any Good Thing Come Out of Nazareth?"
● Carl T. Rowan / New Frontiers in Racial Relations
● Floyd McKissick / The Student and the Ghetto
● Eldridge Cleaver / Meditation on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
● James Forman / Black Manifesto
● James Farmer and Malcolm X / Debate on the Solution to America's Race Problem

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