African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook by Richard Leeman

By Richard Leeman

This long-needed sourcebook assesses the original kinds and subject matters of amazing 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 severe analyses of the oratory of a huge section of other kinds 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 extra analyzing, and speech chronologies is designed for wide interdisciplinary use through scholars, lecturers, activists, and common readers in collage, collage, institutional, and public libraries.

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DeHart 423 Index 431 About the Contributors 445 Page ix PREFACE Any volume of this size and scope is by necessity the product of many people’s labor. While any errors of subject, tone, inclusion, or focus are surely mine, there are many whose generous contributions of time and talent are responsible for whatever success this book may enjoy. For the genesis of the book itself, I owe much to Bernard Duffy, Halford Ryan, and Greenwood Press. Their Bio-Critical Sourcebooks on American orators paved the way for this more specialized, but sorely needed, volume.

In a 1934 commencement speech entitled ‘‘The Educational Values of the College-Bred,’’ delivered at both the Hampton Institute and Lincoln University, Bethune unequivocally pronounced the role of teachers in the development of the community: ‘‘The future of America is in the hands of [the teacher]….

Bethune retired from the presidency of the college in 1942, but continued her work with women. Bethune was a club woman, and she played a leadership role in many local, state, and national clubs for African-American women. ’’ Because of her commitment to the betterment of women in all walks of life, her involvement in clubs was not Page 3 unusual, nor was her strong association with influential white women’s clubs. It was because of this interest and her belief that America’s problems could be solved harmoniously if there was better interracial understanding that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt became acquainted with her.

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