Black History Fridays: Sister Souljah

Original Speech (1994) Sister Souljah, "We Are At War" In 1993 Sister Souljah (born Lisa Williamson), a Bronx-born rapper, earned national notoriety thanks ironically to then Presidential candidate Bill Clinton who denounced her comments about the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as “hate driven and racist.”  Sister Souljah responded with her own criticism of the economic [...]

Black History Fridays: Shirley Chisholm

Original Speech (1970) Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, "I am for Equal Rights Amendment" Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm became in 1968 the first African American woman elected to Congress.  Four years later in 1972, she launched a bid to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, another first for an African American woman.  [...]

An Open Letter to Black Love

This Valentine's Day I wanted to share a letter to black love. Sadly, I was not able to find the words myself, but I came across a lovely letter online. To read the complete article check out original letter by Shanita Hubbard, and more at Ebony.com. I love and adore you in a way that [...]

Black History Fridays: John Lewis

Original Speech (1963) John Lewis, "We Must Free Ourselves" John Lewis, then the 23-year-old Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was asked to speak at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.  When A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders saw the draft of his speech which was [...]

Black History Fridays: Martin Luther King Jr

Original post (1968) Martin Luther King Jr, "I've Been To The Mountain Top" The following speech, a sermon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, was the last public appearance before his assassination the next day.  King, in Memphis to support a strike by garbage workers, [...]

Black History Fridays

Last year I shared a series, Celebrate Black Poets which highlighted a few of my favorite poets and favorite poems by each poet. It was a way for me to celebrate black history for the month of February. This year I would like to share a few speeches from civil rights leaders through the years from [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Amiri Baraka

An Agony. As Now. I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes. Smell what fouled tunes come in to his breath. Love his wretched women. Slits in the metal, for sun. Where my eyes sit turning, at the cool air the glance of light, or hard flesh rubbed against me, [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Maya Angelou

Alone by Maya Angelou Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone I came up with one thing And I don't believe I'm wrong That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Nikki Giovanni

You Came, Too by Nikki Giovanni I came to the crowd seeking friends I came to the crowd seeking love I came to the crowd for understanding I found you I came to the crowd to weep I came to the crowd to laugh You dried my tears You shared my happiness I went from [...]

Celebrate Black Poets-Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Paradox by Paul Laurence Dunbar I am the mother of sorrows,    I am the ender of grief; I am the bud and the blossom,    I am the late-falling leaf. I am thy priest and thy poet,    I am thy serf and thy king; I cure the tears of the heartsick,    When I come near they [...]