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African American Digital Archives

The purpose of this guide is to recommend electronic digital collections for researching African American history.

Speeches: Black Leaders

Say It Plain, Say It Loud: A Century of Great African American Speeches

Public speech making has played a powerful role in the long struggle by African Americans for equal rights. This collection, for the ear and the eye, highlights speeches by an eclectic mix of black leaders. Their impassioned, eloquent words continue to affect the ideas of a nation and the direction of history.