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.  [...]

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

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 [...]