Explore with new depth the oral and audio history of the modern struggle for racial equality and civil rights. This book and accompanying MP3CD focus directly on the pivotal questions black America grappled with during the past three decades of struggle. With recordings made widely available here for the first time of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr., James Cone, Toni Morrison, Cornel West, and many others.
From Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis
Say it Loud is our second anthology of great speeches by African Americans – a book meant for the eye and the ear. This collection opens in the middle years of the modern civil rights movement and continues to the present. It captures speeches by an eclectic mix of African Americans arguing about how best to pursue freedom and equality in a nation still deeply marked by racial inequities. These speeches continue to affect the ideas of a nation and the direction of history while exploring basic questions about what it means to be black in America. The book is titled after the classic 1969 James Brown anthem, “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.”
Tune in to your local public radio station this February, 2011, for the national release of the companion American RadioWorks documentary, Say it Loud. You will also be able to find the program at www.americanradioworks.org.