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Barack Obama – 2009

February 1, 2011

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On January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama, became the 44th President of the United States.  His inaugural address appears below. My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service […]

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Shirley Chisholm – 1970

February 1, 2011

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm became in 1968 the first African American woman elected to Congress.  Four years later in 1972, she launched a bid to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, another first for an African American woman.  Throughout her career in Congress Chisholm was a staunch advocate of women’s […]

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Stokely Carmichael – 1966

February 1, 2011

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On July 31, 1966, Stokely Carmichael, the newly appointed Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), describes black power to a mostly African American audience at Cobo Auditorium in Detroit.  Part of the address appears below. Now we’ve got to talk about this thing called the serious coalition. You know what that’s all about? […]

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Malcolm X – 1965

February 1, 2011

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On February 13, 1965, Malcolm X’s home in New York City was bombed.  He and his family were not hurt and he decided to keep a longstanding speaking commitment at Detroit, arriving the next day to give the presentation below.  This proved however to be his last public appearance.  One week later on February 21, […]

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