By Richard Leeman
This long-needed sourcebook assesses the original kinds 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 wide phase of alternative sorts of public audio system exhibit how they've got under pressure the historic 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, assets for additional interpreting, and speech chronologies is designed for large interdisciplinary use through scholars, lecturers, activists, and common readers in university, college, institutional, and public libraries.
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Rigsby 276 Colin Luther Powell Richard W. Leeman 284 Asa Philip Randolph Edward M. Panetta 294 Charles Lenox Remond Patrick G. Wheaton and Celeste M. Condit 302 Maria W. Miller Stewart Halford Ross Ryan 311 Mary Eliza Church Terrell RuthLeon W. Butler and A. Cheree Carlson 318 Sojourner Truth Robbie Jean Walker 332 Booker T. Washington Stephen E. Lucas 341 Alyce Faye Wattleton Lorraine D. Jackson 358 Ida Bell Wells-Barnett Virgie Nobles Harris 367 William Whipper Thomas M. Lessl 375 Lawrence Douglas Wilder Nina-Jo Moore 384 Fannie Barrier Williams Wanda A.
While the analysis was often anecdotal, until the publication of the present volume Boulware’s book stood alone in its comprehensive survey of African-American oratory. In the same year, Arthur L. Smith (Molefi K. Asante) published the first book that essayed a broad analytical framework for black rhetoric, although it focused specifically on black revolutionary rhetoric. In Rhetoric of Black Revolution, Asante examined the history, strategies, and topics of black revolutionary rhetoric and also discussed the nature of the black audience.
We will, perhaps, learn that, as Mark White tells us, we need to be careful about how we mythologize Malcolm X, paying closer attention to what his speeches actually said and less to what others have said they say. Or perhaps we will learn, as Mark McPhail points out, that Louis Farrakhan’s message is far less one-dimensional than the media portray it. Perhaps we will read side by side the essays on Angela Davis, Lenora Fulani, Colin Powell, and Walter Williams and come to a greater appreciation for the diversity of voices heard within the African-American community.