By Richard Leeman
This long-needed sourcebook assesses the original types and subject matters of impressive African-American orators from the mid-19th century to the present--of forty three consultant public audio system, from W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson to Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall. The serious analyses of the oratory of a vast section of other forms of public audio system display how they've got under pressure the ancient look for freedom, upheld American beliefs whereas condemning discriminatory practices opposed to African-Americans, and feature spoken in behalf of "black pride." This biographical dictionary with its evaluative essays, resources for additional studying, and speech chronologies is designed for vast interdisciplinary use by way of scholars, academics, activists, and normal readers in collage, college, institutional, and public libraries.
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Page i AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORATORS Page ii This page intentionally left blank. Page iii AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORATORS A Bio-Critical Sourcebook Edited by RICHARD W. LEEMAN Bernard K. Duffy, Advisory Editor Greenwood Press Westport, Connecticut • London Page iv Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data African-American orators : a bio-critical sourcebook / edited by Richard W. Leeman. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0–313–29014–8 (alk. paper) 1. Afro-American orators.
Most of her speeches are not extant, for she gave most of them extemporaneously to her students at daily chapel. Of those that still exist, however, the themes of the messages are strikingly similar. All center around education, racial uplift, full freedom for black people, and interracial cooperation. Her messages are practical in nature; they concern what one might refer to as the mundane. In the Christian Advocate, Elmer Carter pointed out that usually the purpose for her many talks was utilitarian, that is, to secure contributions for her school, her students, and the work of the organizations of which she was a part.
Without them, the world would have been a quieter, duller, less educated, and much less interesting place. To them is owed the largest thanks of all. Page xi INTRODUCTION Nobody would be surprised at, nor would anyone probably question, the statement that a volume like the one presented here has been long, very long, overdue. The detailed study of all American oratory has been generally neglected, finally experiencing a significant revival only in the past decade or so. African-American oratory, one hardly needs mention, has been even less studied in the American academy, an institution that has traditionally been consumed with the study of the Great (usually Dead) White Male.