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

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A book by Catherine Ellis

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Catherine Ellis
Publisher: New Press, The
1 review about Say It Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights...

A Multicultural Perspective

  • Aug 21, 2010
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

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. King sought to achieve "A Higher
Synthesis" which will have integrated the best of
theoretic Socialist systems and the Free Market.

Obviously, Socialism had negations in the form of
too much government control, Gosplan under the old
Soviet Union, unrealistic quotas and sporadic expropriations.
The Free Markets have negations in the form of
too much corporate greed, over-consumption of
scarce resources, labor exploitation and
insufficient coordination of government oversight.

The latter part of the book discusses President Obama
and his call to provide health care to the sick,
jobs to the jobless and education to a broader
segment of society and its children.

I believe that the book succeeds in presenting a
fair recitation of African American History through
the prism of the famous people quoted and discussed
at length.

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