(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”

(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”