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Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches

Sound Learning Feature for February 2005

From American Public Media's American RadioWorks

This month we revisit a special from American Public Media's American RadioWorks.

When the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech is broadcast each February to mark Black History Month, the magnetic cadence of his words is almost impossible to resist. King was a remarkable orator, but he was hardly alone. He was nurtured in a centuries-old African American tradition of spoken narrative and oral persuasion. Sound Learning's February feature takes this tradition and puts it in an academic context, illuminating students to the profound effect African American oratories have in our shared history.

The articles in this month's feature are of particular interest to teachers and students of American history, political science, and civics.

Click on these links to find instructional ideas and study guides for the material on the American RadioWorks site.
DocumentSegment 1: Tracing the Impact of African American Speechmaking
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DocumentSegment 2: Bringing African American Oratory to a Larger Audience
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(18:30)
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DocumentSegment 3: Speeches from Positions of Power
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(26:00)
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The student exercises provided this month are based on the American RadioWorks Feature: Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches.

Document"Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches"

DocumentSegment 1: Tracing the Impact of African American Speechmaking

DocumentFannie Lou Hamer, "Testimony Before the Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention"

DocumentSegment 2: Bringing African American Oratory to a Larger Audience

DocumentSegment 3: Speeches from Positions of Power

DocumentBarbara Jordan, "Statement at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearings"

DocumentSay it Plain (Full documentary)



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