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Power 20 Series: Influential Speeches Part (II)


If a man wishes to deliver a brilliant speech, he must first become a student of the great orators who have come before him. He must immerse himself in their texts, listening for the turns of phrases and textual symmetries, the pauses and crescendos, the metaphors and melodies that have enabled the greatest speeches to stand the test of time.

Please join Cerebral Radio CBRTalk in celebrating 20 powerful speeches that has changed our world, and continue to provide hope and inspiration for Black people and minorities in America.

I am your host Garry Boast and we should remember it is always important to extinguish the fires of racism.

Donavon Livington "Lift Off" (2016)

In 2016, Donovan Livingston delivered a convocation speech to the Harvard Graduate School of Education that went viral and received national acclaim. His spoken word address was at once a pointed examination of the American education system and an inspirational call for reform. A passionate speaker, Livingston encourages students, educators, and communities to realize their potential to change the shape of education, and to "lift off."

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  "The Danger of A Single Story" (2009)

Chimamanda's articulation of the single story references one sided world views held by all of us at some point in time. She explains in fascinating detail, how our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. The novelist  tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. 

 

James Baldwin "The American Dream" (1965)

William F. Buckley… If i had to name anyone who stood for so much im against, he’d be high on that list. He was wrong about so much I feel his performance in the debate was cringeworthy. Buckley was a great speaker, but Baldwin got the best of him. You look at a question like “Has the American dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?” From a historical perspective and looking at current events of today, and its easy to say that it has. Why are young black men still being killed by police? Why are blacks disproportionately given harsher prison sentences than any other racial group? Why are blacks paid less? Healthcare, Housing, and Education are all areas African Americans continue to struggle with when compared to whites. Of course we made tramendous strides, but most profoundly without the help of our political officials which continues in incorporate policies into our society that hinders us, not help us!

Michelle Obama "Democratic National Convention" (2016)

Michelle Obama, the first black first lady in American history, gave a 15-minute address to the Democratic national convention that drew cheers, left some delegates openly weeping and did more than any governor or congressman to unite and fire up the party for that November’s presidential election. The election of the first African American president, and potentially the first female president, were testament to the true America and a repudiation of all Trump stands for.

Dr. Maya Angelou "Love Liberates" (1975)

Maya Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings (1969) published with the help of James Baldwin, tells of her life up to the age of seventeen. It brought her international recognition and acclaim. She also spoke publicly for the first time on the background of Love Liberates, and what that poem signifies for her life and what it should signify for us all.

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Credits

Own Television "Love Liberates"

Dr. Maya Angelou "Love Liberates Speech"

Michelle Obama "I'm With Her Speech"

James Baldwin "The American Dream Debate"

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  "The Danger of A Single Story Speech"

Ted Services "The Danger of A Single Story"

Donavon Livington "Lift Off"