Today I invite you to listen to two of the most famous speeches ever given in America. As a matter of fact, the American Rhetoric website ranks these speeches #7 and #65, respectively, in the top 100 speeches of the twentieth century given in this country.

The first speech (about 53 minutes) was given by El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (1922 – 1965) more famously known as Malcolm X. This speech, titled The Ballot or The Bullet, was a plea for Black Nationalism or Black American political and economic empowerment.

Malcolm X: The Ballot or The Bullet

The next speech (about 56 minutes) was given by Kwame Ture (Toure) (1941 – 1998) more famously known as Stokely Carmichael. This speech, titled Black Power, was given in 1966 as road-map of the direction Black Americans needed to take to achieve respect and take pride in self.

Kwame Ture : Black Power

Malcolm X

Stokely Carmichael

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  1. Stokely says:

    Thanks for mentioning Carmichael’s speech in this post. Soon I will publish a linguistic analysis of this speech on my blog. I’d be more than happy if you came by to give me your feedback on it.

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