Say It Plain delves into a vibrant tradition of African-American oratory that connects figures as different in style and ideology as Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey, Shirley Chisholm and Julian Bond. It's a vivid portrait of black Americans exhorting the nation to make good on its democratic promises.
Producers: Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis
Editor: Catherine Winter
Host: Michele Norris
Coordinating Producer: Sasha Aslanian
Project Manager: Misha Quill
Assistant Producer: Ellen Guettler
Production Assistance: Nathan Hall, Zachary Johnson, Melody Ng, Neil Tassoni, Carey Biron, Bente Birkeland, and Samantha Kennedy.
Web Producer: Ochen Kaylan
Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg
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Heard before and revealed are brave African Americans who dared to speak against America's brutal racial oppression. Voices range from common to the most eloquent. Profound is the variation of how these women and men viewed the destiny of freedom and what would be the most effective strategy to reach this goal. Activists include Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Fannie Lou Hamer, Shirley Chisholm, Marcus Garvey and others. A compilation of riveting voices of "the struggle." After 150 years of the emancipation, sobering is that "the Negro is still not free."
A lovely collection of speeches. I can't listen to Martin Luther King Jr's last speech without weeping. Knowing what's next is so sad after hearing what he has done, and knowing what he wanted to accomplish. I was a child when Barbara Jordan spoke at the House Watergate Hearings and it was something that struck me even as a child and I've treasured her words ever since. Listen to this one. It's well worth it.
"It's 51 minutes long!"
I was appalled by the brevity of this audio book.
The subject is vast and has the potential to be riveting so I was heartbroken by the hop, skip and jump approach they've taken to it. There are so many important speeches by so many important people in the civil rights struggle that I cannot communicate my disappointment at their omission and editing.
In terms of included content there are some true jewels here with true life snippets of important speeches going back nearly 100 years (why couldn?t we have them in total without interruption?) and harrowing accounts of brutality which are told in some cases with feeling by people unused to public speaking. I love in particular; Martin Luther King's last recorded speech in which he almost apologises to his audience for being murdered before the struggle is over. It's almost as if he KNEW what would happen the very next day. I'm honoured to have heard that speech and urge publishers to give us a longer more detailed audio book researching and presenting the subject properly. At ?13 this is horrendously priced for 51 minutes.
Having said that I?d happily pay ?50 for a decently presented offering that does the subject some justice.
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