(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”

(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) 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

(1982) Audre Lorde, “Learning from the 60s”

In February, 1982, Audre Lorde delivered the address, “Learning from the 60s” as part of the celebration of the Malcolm X weekend at Harvard University.  Her presentation appears below. MALCOLM X is a distinct shape in a very pivotal period of my life. I stand … Read More(1982) Audre Lorde, “Learning from the 60s”

(1896) Hugh M. Browne, “The Higher Education of the Colored People of the South”

Hugh M. Browne, educator, Presbyterian minister, and college professor in Liberia, positioned himself between the advocates of industrial and higher education for African Americans.  In the speech below he describes his educational philosophy and the forces and experiences that shaped it. In my invitation to … Read More(1896) Hugh M. Browne, “The Higher Education of the Colored People of the South”