(2017) New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

On May 19, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed an audience in his city as a backdrop and explanation of the city’s recent decision to remove statues of General Robert E. Lee and other Confederate military and political leaders from public squares in … Read More(2017) New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Address on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

(1963) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Religion and Race”

On January 14, 1963, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel gave the speech “Religion and Race,” at a conference of the same name that assembled in Chicago, Illinois.  There he met Dr. Martin Luther King and the two became friends.  Rabbi Heschel marched with Dr. King at … Read More(1963) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Religion and Race”

(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”

(1963) George Wallace, “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever”

By 1963 Alabama Governor George Corley Wallace had emerged as the leading opponent to the growing civil rights movement.  Six months later he gained international notoriety for his stand in the door of the University of Alabama to block the entrance of two black students, … Read More(1963) George Wallace, “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever”

(1995) William Jefferson Clinton, “the Job of Ending Discrimination in This Country is Not Over”

Image Ownership: Public Domain In July 1995, President Bill Clinton delivered a major speech at the White House  in defense of Affirmative Action programs across the nation at a time when many critics were calling for their repeal.  He argued that such programs were still needed … Read More(1995) William Jefferson Clinton, “the Job of Ending Discrimination in This Country is Not Over”

(1947) Henry A. Wallace, “Ten Extra Years”

Henry Wallace Campaigning with Adam Clayton Powell in Harlem, 1944 Image Courtesy of Marge Frantz Henry A. Wallace, the Vice President of the United States from 1941 to 1945 and the future candidate for the Presidency on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948, chose the … Read More(1947) Henry A. Wallace, “Ten Extra Years”

(1948) Henry A. Wallace, “Radio Address”

Henry A. Wallace Speaking at Wheat Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1947 Image Courtesy of ©Bettmann-Corbis Former Vice President Henry A. Wallace, Jr., in 1948 became the Presidential nominee of the Progressive Party.  Wallace ran a spirited campaign which unlike almost any before, took … Read More(1948) Henry A. Wallace, “Radio Address”