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Title:
Make it plain : standing up and speaking out
ISBN:
9781586482985
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : PublicAffairs, c2008.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 239 p. ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
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.
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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.
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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—from Ruby Hurley to Wiley Branton to Gardner C. Taylor to Martin Luther King, Jr.—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: Full of emotion, controlled force, righteous indignation, love of country, and awe in front of the God-given challenges ahead.


Author Notes

Annette Gordon-Reed grew up in east Texas. She majored in History at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1981, and then attended Harvard Law School. Gordon-Reed worked as an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and was Counsel to the New York City Board of Corrections before becoming a professor of law at New York Law School in 1992.

Gordon-Reed wrote the book Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy after first becoming interested in the president as a child. She co-authored Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir and wrote Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History. Gordon-Reed is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hemingses of Monticello.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Urban League Beginnings, 1971p. 1
New Ideas for the New South, 1976p. 27
Battling the Callousness of Political Reality, 1977p. 45
Declaring Our Interdependence, 1979p. 69
Civil Rights: Past Gains, Present Uncertainty, 1981p. 85
Our Children, Our Peers, 1981p. 109
Bad Fix in America: The Reagan Years, 1983p. 117
A Year of Cascading Change, 1989p. 149
A Powerful Voice: Not Stilled, Still Heard, 1993p. 171
Entering the Third Millennium, 2001p. 183
A True Alfalfan at Heart, 2004p. 199
Praising the Lord and the Legacy, 2008p. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 223
Indexp. 225