(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”

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 their natural political home … Read More(1987) Clarence Thomas, “Why Black Americans Should Look to Conservative Politics”

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

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. Mayor, my fellow colleagues of … Read More(1998) Clarence Thomas, “Speech to the National Bar Association”

(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