W.E.B. Du Bois, “Close Ranks,” Editorial from The Crisis, July 1918

In July 1919, W.E.B. Du Bois, editor of The Crisis, the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, wrote the editorial below titled “Close Ranks” in which he urged African Americans to forget “our special grievances” and support the World … Read MoreW.E.B. Du Bois, “Close Ranks,” Editorial from The Crisis, July 1918

Huey P. Newton, “The Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements” (1970)

On August 15, 1970, Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, gave a speech in New York City where he outlined the Party’s position on two emerging movements at the time, the women’s liberation movement and the gay liberation movement.  Newton’s remarks … Read MoreHuey P. Newton, “The Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation Movements” (1970)

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans (2017)

On May 19, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed an audience in his city as a backdrop and explanation of the city’s recent decision to remove statues of General Robert E. Lee and other Confederate military and political leaders from public squares in … Read MoreNew Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans (2017)

(1963) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Religion and Race”

On January 14, 1963, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel gave the speech “Religion and Race,” at a conference of the same name that assembled in Chicago, Illinois.  There he met Dr. Martin Luther King and the two became friends.  Rabbi Heschel marched with Dr. King at … Read More(1963) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Religion and Race”

(1893) Frances E.W. Harper, “Woman’s Political Future”

On May 20, 1893, women’s activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper gave this speech before the World’s Congress of Representative Women, meeting in their conference in Chicago, Illinois. Image Ownership: Public domain If before sin had cast its deepest shadows or sorrow had distilled its bitterest … Read More(1893) Frances E.W. Harper, “Woman’s Political Future”

(1983) Glenn Loury, “Responsibility and Race”

  "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Glenn C. Loury delivered this presentation at Hillsdale College on November 7, 1982, as part of a Center for Constructive Alternatives seminar entitled, "Ethnic America: Melting Pot or Mosaic?" One of the great myths of our time is the belief in … Read More(1983) Glenn Loury, “Responsibility and Race”

(1993) Clarence Thomas, “The New Intolerance – Law Day Address”

Thank you all so much. Thank you, Judge Bell for your kind words, and I also thank you for all the kind things you’ve done for me in my life, especially over the last three or four years. I — This is a real pleasure … Read More(1993) Clarence Thomas, “The New Intolerance – Law Day Address”

(2013) Ben Carson’s Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

On February 7, 2013 prominent neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson became a nationally recognized political figure when he gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that was critical of President Obama’s policies and particularly Obamacare when the President and First Lady Michelle … Read More(2013) Ben Carson’s Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

(1980) Thomas Sowell, “Politics and Opportunity: Background”

  "Image Ownership: Public Domain" In December 1980, shortly after former California Governor Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States, the Institute for Contemporary Studies, a California-based public policy institute (think tank) sponsored the "Black Alternatives Conference" at the Fairmont Hotel in San … Read More(1980) Thomas Sowell, “Politics and Opportunity: Background”

(1987) Clarence Thomas, “Why Black Americans Should Look to Conservative Politics”

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" In the speech below to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, on August 1, 1987, Clarence Thomas, then Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), makes the case that many African Americans have always embraced conservative values and thus … Read More(1987) Clarence Thomas, “Why Black Americans Should Look to Conservative Politics”