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Make it plain : standing up and speaking out
Make it plain : standing up and speaking out
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : PublicAffairs, c2008.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 239 p. ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Urban League beginnings, 1971 -- New ideas for the New South, 1976 -- Battling the callousness of political reality, 1977 -- Declaring our interdependence, 1979 -- Civil rights: past gains, present uncertainty, 1981 -- Our children, our peers, 1981 -- Bad fix in America: the Reagan year, 1983 -- A year of cascading change, 1989 -- A powerful voice: not stilled, still heard, 1993 -- Entering the third millennium, 2001 -- A true alfalfan at heart, 2004 -- Praising the Lord and the legacy, 2008.
Added Author:
Black Americans have always relied on the oral tradition--storytelling, preaching, and speechmaking--to assert their rights and preserve and pass on their history and culture. In the pulpit, courtroom, or cotton field, they have understood the power of words, distinctively delivered, to educate and inspire. Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., one of the nation's finest speakers, imbibed this tradition as a young man and has given it his own unique inflection from his work on the civil rights front lines, to the National Urban League, to positions of influence at the highest level of business and politics. A friend and confidant to presidents, Jordan has never forgotten the men and women whose oratorical skill in service to social justice deeply influenced him. Their examples and voices, reflected in Vernon's own, make this book both a history and an embodiment of black speech at its finest--Publisher.