African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook by Richard Leeman

By Richard Leeman

This long-needed sourcebook assesses the original types and topics of awesome African-American orators from the mid-19th century to the present--of forty three consultant public audio system, from W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson to Barbara Jordan and Thurgood Marshall. The severe analyses of the oratory of a vast phase of other kinds of public audio system reveal how they've got under pressure the old look for freedom, upheld American beliefs whereas condemning discriminatory practices opposed to African-Americans, and feature spoken in behalf of "black pride." This biographical dictionary with its evaluative essays, assets for extra interpreting, and speech chronologies is designed for extensive interdisciplinary use via scholars, academics, activists, and basic readers in university, college, institutional, and public libraries.

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E. B. Du Bois as one of the most important African-American persons in history. MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE: THE TEACHER ORATOR Though Mary McLeod Bethune was not specifically known for her oratory, there were many organizations, causes, and institutions of which she was a part that owed their success to her support and to her speechmaking. In fact, she was probably one of the best-known black women speakers during her lifetime. Most of her speeches are not extant, for she gave most of them extemporaneously to her students at daily chapel.

Asante’s Afrocentricity, 1980), The Afrocentric Idea provided a fuller statement of this perspective. Grounded in an understanding of African discourse as essentially harmony/ balance maintaining, and of the Afrocentric critic as observer and audience, Asante drew his method inductively from his discussion of African and African-American oratory and literature. , and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse. That same year, in Crafting Equality: America’s Anglo-African Word, Celeste Michelle Condit and John Louis Lucaites examined ‘‘equality’’ as an ideograph—a single word that serves to summarize and evoke an ideology—and surveyed its evolution across the centuries of American discourse.

Mitchell, Henry H. Black Preaching. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1970. Newsom, Lionel and William Gorden. ’’ Communication Quarterly 11 (1963): 18–21. , ed. African American Rhetoric: A Reader. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/ Hunt, 1995. , ed. Speeches by Black Americans. Encino, CA: Dickerson, 1971. Page xxv Phifer, Elizabeth Flory and Dencil R. Taylor. ’’The Southern Communication Journal 33 (1967): 88–92. Pipes, Williams Harrison. ’’ Quarterly Journal of Speech 31 (1945): 15–21. Richardson, Larry S. ’’ Western Journal of Communication 34 (1970): 212–218.

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