Famous Speeches

Some of the greatest, most inspiring speeches made in American history were made by African Americans. Let their words inspire us once again!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I've got a Dream" speech.

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Sojourner Truth

This is Frances Gage's account of a speech given by Sojourner Truth at the Women's Rights Convention, 1851, in Akron, Ohio.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 3, 1968 at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech

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Barack Obama

Candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, Barack Obama, delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

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Booker T. Washington

On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington spoke before a predominantly white audience at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta.

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Barbara Jordan

In l976, Barbara Jordan became the first woman and first African-American to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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