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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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ISBN-10:  1595581138
ISBN-13:  978-1595581136
Author:  Catherine Ellis
Publisher:  New Press, The
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review by . August 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 …
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