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An affordable text-only edition of a century of public speeches by the nation's greatest African American orators. "I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land!"Martin Luther King, Jr. Say It Plain is a vivid, moving portrait of how black Americans have sounded the charge against injustice, exhorting the country to live up to its democratic principles. In "full-throated public oratory, the kind that can stir the soul" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), this unique anthology collects the transcribed speeches of the twentieth century's leading African American cultural, literary, and political figures, many of them never before available in printed form. From an 1895 speech by Booker T. Washington to Julian Bond's sharp assessment of school segregation on the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board in 2004, the collection captures a powerful tradition of oratoryby political activists, civil rights organizers, celebrities, and religious leadersgoing back more than a century. This paperback edition includes the text of each speech along with an introduction placing it in its historical context. Say It Plain is a remarkable historical recordfrom the back-to-Africa movement to the civil rights era and the rise of black nationalism and beyondriveting in its power to convey the black freedom struggle. Includes speeches by:, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Mary McLeod Bethune, Walter White, Thurgood Marshall, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr., Shirley Chisholm, Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Julian Bond