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History: African-American Studies

African-American Studies

Maya Angelou reading in her room before performing at New York's Village Vanguard in the late 1950s.

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.