(1998) Clarence Thomas, “Speech to the National Bar Association”

  "Image Ownership: Public Domain" On July 28, 1998, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave the keynote speech at the National Bar Association, the predominately black national lawyers’s association, at its annual convention held that year in Memphis, Tennessee.  The speech appears below. Mr. … Read More(1998) Clarence Thomas, “Speech to the National Bar Association”

(2017) President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

On January 10, 2017, Barack Obama delivered his last farewell address in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. His speech is appears below: THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Chicago! (Applause.) It’s good to be home! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. … Read More(2017) President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

(1811) John Gloucester, “Dedication of the First African Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia”

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" In October of 1811, before the dedication of the first house of worship for African American Presbyterians in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reverend John Gloucester, founder and Pastor, had the following address circulated throughout the surrounding neighborhood and all friendly to his cause. … Read More(1811) John Gloucester, “Dedication of the First African Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia”

(1987) Thurgood Marshall, “A Colorblind Society Remains an Aspiration”

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" On August 15, 1987 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall spoke to a gathering of federal judges.  Reflecting on his two decades on the Court and particularly on recent affirmative action rulings by the High Court, Justice Marshall reminded his audience … Read More(1987) Thurgood Marshall, “A Colorblind Society Remains an Aspiration”

(1964) Joseph Jackson, “The Vote is the Only Effective Weapon in the Civil Rights Struggle”

"Image Ownership:Public Domain" Rev. Joseph Jackson, long time pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, and President of the National Baptist Convention from 1953 to 1982 became the leading spokesperson for the black conservative opposition to the direct action civil rights movement led by … Read More(1964) Joseph Jackson, “The Vote is the Only Effective Weapon in the Civil Rights Struggle”

(1932) Angelo Herndon Addresses His Jury

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Angelo Herndon was an African-American Communist organizer who, after working on behalf of poor and unemployed blacks and whites in Atlanta, Georgia, was charged with “insurrection” in 1932. In his defense, Herndon spoke directly to the all-white jury and, though he … Read More(1932) Angelo Herndon Addresses His Jury

(1997) The Idea of an African Renaissance, Myth or Reality?

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Corporate executive, ordained minister, and university educator James A. Joseph served as United States Ambassador to post-apartheid South Africa from 1995 to 1999.  Ambassador Joseph returned to the United States to deliver the speech below to the General Convention of Alpha … Read More(1997) The Idea of an African Renaissance, Myth or Reality?

(1951) Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Addresses the NAACP National Convention

Martin Luther King and Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, ca. 1952 In 1951 Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, then President of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, was, was already one of the most prominent African American educators in the United States.  He influenced hundreds of young African … Read More(1951) Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Addresses the NAACP National Convention

President Barack Obama’s Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney (2015)

On June 26, 2015, President Obama delivered the eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the College of Charleston’s campus.  Here is the text of the speech. Giving all praise and honor to God. The Bible calls us to hope, to persevere … Read MorePresident Barack Obama’s Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney (2015)

(2014) Rita Bender, “Thoughts for the People of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church”

Memorial to James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church "Image Ownership: Public Domain" On June 15, 2014, as part of the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, Rita Bender returned to Mt. Zion United Methodist … Read More(2014) Rita Bender, “Thoughts for the People of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church”