American RadioWorks presents Say It Plain

  • by American RadioWorks
  • Narrated by Michele Norris
  • 0 hrs and 51 mins
  • Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Africa-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


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It's 51 minutes long!

I was appalled by the brevity of this audio book.

The subject is vast and has the potential to be riveting so I was heartbroken by the hop, skip and jump approach they've taken to it. There are so many important speeches by so many important people in the civil rights struggle that I cannot communicate my disappointment at their omission and editing.

In terms of included content there are some true jewels here with true life snippets of important speeches going back nearly 100 years (why couldn?t we have them in total without interruption?) and harrowing accounts of brutality which are told in some cases with feeling by people unused to public speaking. I love in particular; Martin Luther King's last recorded speech in which he almost apologises to his audience for being murdered before the struggle is over. It's almost as if he KNEW what would happen the very next day. I'm honoured to have heard that speech and urge publishers to give us a longer more detailed audio book researching and presenting the subject properly. At ?13 this is horrendously priced for 51 minutes.

Having said that I?d happily pay ?50 for a decently presented offering that does the subject some justice.
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- jonathan jordan-july

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2005
  • Publisher: American Public Media