Spanning the 20th century, this collection is a vivid account of how African Americans sounded the charge against racial injustice, exhorting the country to live up to its democratic principles.
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Booker T. Washington
A former slave and the most influential African American at the turn of the 20th century
A Jamaican immigrant who urged black Americans to form their own nation in Africa
A popular comedian and activist in the 1960s involved in the 1963 marches in Birmingham
A young civil rights organizer who popularized the slogan, "Black Power"
U.S. Representative who made a historic speech during the 1974 Watergate hearings
A civil rights leader, disciple of Martin Luther King, Jr., and two-time presidential candidate
A Supreme Court Justice appointed by President George H. W. Bush
Titled after the classic 1969 James Brown anthem, “Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud,” this anthology illuminates the ideas and debates pulsing through the black freedom struggle from the 1960s to the present. These arguments are suffused with basic questions about what it means to be black in America.
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Preaching pride and black nationalism
An organizer from the North in deepest Mississippi
Radical critic of the U.S. criminal justice system