APM documentary: 'Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches'

Martin Luther King Jr.
In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
AP 1963

Public speech making has played a powerful role in the long struggle by African Americans for equal rights. This documentary 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.

"Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches" was produced by Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis and narrated by Michele Norris. For much more about this project, go to apmreports.org

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