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Smart People Saying Smart Things [DISCUSSIONS ON RACE]
Adam Schwartz

I've decided to compile a list of my FAVORITE speeches, conversations and more. Enjoy!

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Malcolm X's Legendary Speech: "The Ballot or the Bullet" (annotations and subtitles)

On April 12, 1964, one month after splitting with the NOI, Malcolm X gave his "Ballot or the Bullet" speech at King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit. In the speech Malcolm X described how Blacks should fight for civil-rights in America. Malcolm X emphasizes the worth of voting as a solution to ending discrimination against Blacks. He addresses both the poor voting decisions and also the denial of legitimate voting rights to Blacks.

James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)

Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?"


James Baldwin Discusses Racism | The Dick Cavett Show

James Baldwin has an open discussion of racial prejudice, civil rights activism and policing.


Black Lives Matter explained: The history of a movement

The Black Lives Matter group has been fighting to be heard since 2013 - and the phrase itself is now being seen on streets and screens all around the world after the killing of George Floyd.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the most powerful writers today. A staffer for "The Atlantic" and author of a memoir, "The Beautiful Struggle," he shares his stunning and evocative reflections on what it is like to inhabit a black male body in contemporary America. In "Between the World and Me" he asks how we, as a nation, can reckon with our fraught history and free ourselves from a troubling legacy. Taking us from the Civil War battlefield to Chicago's South Side, Coates attempts to answer one of the most pressing and relevant questions of our times. Chicago Public Media reporter Natalie Y. Moore joins Coates for a conversation.

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates told lawmakers at a House committee hearing that the debate over reparations is “a dilemma of inheritance.” Coates called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for saying a day earlier that reparations were not “a good idea” because no one who is currently living is responsible. Coates told lawmakers that many of the inequalities created by slavery persist today, including in the form of economic and health disparities.

Daddy, What's a Racist? | Ahmad Ward | TEDxBirmingham

How do we overcome persistent racial biases when they go unnoticed? In this straightforward talk, educator Ahmad Ward challenges some conventional wisdom and explores what it will take to truly make our country exceptional.The cure for racism | Napoleon Wells | TEDxColumbiaSC

The cure for racism | Napoleon Wells | TEDxColumbiaSC

Dr. Wells proposes a mental health approach to curing racism.As a Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Napoleon is the Supervisor of Primary Care Mental Health Integration, as well as an adjunct lecturer. Napoleon has lectured extensively about issues of diversity, prejudice, privilege, race and educational success for minorities.

Full Episode: "Remembering John Lewis" | Oprah’s Master Class | Oprah Winfrey Network

Before he was a U.S. Congressman, John Lewis (1940-2020) was one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. In this episode of “Oprah’s Master Class” the late American hero reflects on his life of activism and his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and offers wisdom for the ongoing fight for justice and equality.

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