Speeches, Interviews, and Debates

“Aint I a Woman” (1851) by Sojourner Truth

and check out the “Sojourner Truth Project to compare different transcriptions of the piece: https://www.thesojournertruthproject.com

“Speech on Lynch Law in America” (1900) by Ida B Wells

“Black Power” (1966) by Kwame Ture

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“Addressing Police Brutality” (1962) by Malcolm X

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“Angela Davis on Violence and Revolution” (1962) featuring Angela Davis

a clip from an interview with Angela Davis

“Message to the Grass Roots” (1963) by Malcolm X

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Who is the Nigger? (1963) featuring James Baldwin

a clip from “take this hammer”

“By Any Means Necessary” (1964) by Malcolm X

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“Mississippi Freedom” at the DNC (1964) by Fannie Lou Hamer

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“Pin-Drop Speech” (1965) by James Baldwin

an excerpt from larger Baldwin-Buckley debate (1965)

For entire debate check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tek9h3a5wQ 

“Where Do We Go from Here?” (1967) by Martin Luther King Jr.

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“The Three Evils of Society” (1967) by Martin Luther King Jr.

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“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (1968) by Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Oppression and Repression in the US (1972) by Angela Davis

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Kwame Ture Speaks at Antioch College (1973)

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“Making Struggle Everyday” (1974) by Ella Baker

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Atlanta Gay Pride Festival Speech (1996) by Coretta Scott King

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“Ferguson Encounters”(2014)  Johnetta Elzie

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Featured Poems


Featured Slam Poetry

“cuz he black” (2013) by Javon Johnson

“Angry Black Woman” (2014) by Porsha O.

“Unforgettable” (2014) by Pages Matam, Elizabeth Acevedo, & G. Yamazawa

“The Shotgun” (2015) by Javon Johnson

“Adrenaline Rush” (2015) by Rudy Francisco

“Afro-Latina” (2015) by Elizabeth Acevedo

“Black Privilege” (2015) by Crystal Valentine

“The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (2016) by Hanif Abdurraqib

“How the Hood Loves You Back” (2017) by Steven Willis

“America” (2017) by Javon Johnson, Natasha Hooper, & Rudy Francisco

“Black Lives, Tigers, and Bears” (2018) by Pages Matam

“I am Black Before Woman in February” (2019) by Crystal Valentine

“America” (2021) performed by Javon Johnson

“Soul” performed by Marsha P Johnson