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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

'Tis the Season for Speechifying

The Democratic National Convention is this week and it will soon by followed by the Republican one. Reports of speeches will fill the media. And between now and November 4, I'm sure you will get your fill of them, but, if not...

Look for American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War, and the second volume, Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton [815 AME], or, Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History [808.85 LEN].

I browsed through the volume Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton, and came across a speech given by Mary Church Terrell in Washington, D.C., October 10, 1906. The following is from that speech:

As a colored woman I may walk from the Capitol to the White House, ravenously hungry and abundantly supplied with money with which to purchase a meal, without finding a single restaurant in which I would be permitted to take a morsel of food, if it was patronized by white people, unless I were willing to sit behind a screen. As a colored woman I cannot visit the tomb of the Father if this country, which owes its very existence to the love of freedom in the human heart and which stands for equal opportunity to all, without being forced to sit in the Jim Crow section of an electric car...

I'm sure that Mary Church Terrell would be delighted to see that an African-American is now running for president! We've come a long way, but, I fear, we still have a way to go before our country can say it fully stands behind "equal opportunity to all."

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