(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) 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”

(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

(1997) Kweisi Mfume, “A Shining and Powerful Dream”

Kweisi Mfume, born Frizzel Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, represented that city in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1986 to 1996 and rose to become Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.  On February 15, 1996, he stepped down to become President of the National Association … Read More(1997) Kweisi Mfume, “A Shining and Powerful Dream”