Say It Loud

Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

Following the pathbreaking Say it Plain—a book and MP3 set that allows Americans to relive the oratorical highlights of the modern struggle for racial equality and civil rights

“Say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud!” —from James Brown’s 1969 anthem

In 2005, The New Press published Say It Plain, the celebrated companion to the American RadioWorks® American Public Media documentary chronicling the great tradition of African American political speech of the past century. In “full-throated public oratory, the kind that can stir the soul” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Say It Plain collected and transcribed speeches by some of the twentieth century’s leading African American cultural, literary, and political figures. Many of the speeches were never before available in printed form.

Following the success of that pathbreaking volume, Say It Loud adds new depth to the oral and audio history of the modern struggle for racial equality and civil rights—focusing directly on the pivotal questions black America grappled with during the past four decades of resistance. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes powerful speeches by Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., James Cone, Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, and many others.

Bringing the rich immediacy of the spoken word to a vital historical and intellectual tradition, Say It Loud illuminates the diversity of ideas and arguments pulsing through the black freedom movement.

Books by these authors

The First Lady of Radio
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Historic Broadcasts

Stephen Drury Smith

Say It Plain
A Century of Great African American Speeches

Catherine Ellis, Stephen Drury Smith

After the Fall
New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed

Mary Marshall Clark, Peter Bearman, Catherine Ellis, Stephen Drury Smith