The visceral impact of history's great speechmakers is at the heart of Say It Plain. This new American RadioWorks documentary highlights a selection of landmark sermons, speeches, and broadcasts by remarkable African-American speakers.
Say It Plain delves into a vibrant tradition of African-American oratory that connects figures as different in style and ideology as Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey, Shirley Chisholm and Julian Bond. It's a vivid portrait of black Americans exhorting the nation to make good on its democratic promises.
Producers: Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis
Editor: Catherine Winter
Host: Michele Norris
Coordinating Producer: Sasha Aslanian
Project Manager: Misha Quill
Assistant Producer: Ellen Guettler
Production Assistance: Nathan Hall, Zachary Johnson, Melody Ng, Neil Tassoni, Carey Biron, Bente Birkeland, and Samantha Kennedy.
Web Producer: Ochen Kaylan
Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg
This documentary by American Radioworks puts you in the front row of history, listening to famous speeches by African-Americans. In addition to Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, we hear Booker T. Washington skillfully addressing tense economic issues in the deep south. Comedian Dick Gregory describes his visit and the food in Alabama jails. Voting activist Fannie Lou Hammer reveals the beatings she took for registering black voters in Mississippi. Early feminist Shirley Chisholm courageously addresses the issue of abuse within the black community, while Barbara Jordan and Stokely Carmichael vent their frustration over the fight for their constitutional rights.
American Radioworks insightfully introduces each speech with enlightening context, detailing the different circumstances, challenges, and death threats these speakers were working under. Listening to these stirring voices and imagining the speakers before you is absolutely the next best thing to being there in person. Expect goosebumps and tears.
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A wonderful synapses of the best of Black leaders.