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We Rise

Speeches by Inspirational Black Women
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We Rise: Speeches by Inspirational Black Women, is a rare compilation of memorable speeches delivered by celebrated African-American women from both the past and present. Spanning decades and elucidating the fight for equality, it not only captures important pieces of black history, but reveals the struggle from a female perspective. The live recordings in this captivating collection are preceded by a short biography to introduce each speaker. Speeches include:

  • Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention (2008)
  • Shirley Chisholm on Equal Rights for Women (1969)
  • Barbara Jordan, “Who Will Speak for the Common Good?” (1976)
  • Fannie Lou Hamer at the Democratic National Convention (1964)
  • Rosa Parks at the Million Man March (1995)
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    • David
    • 29-09-15

    Fanny Lou Hamer alone is worth it

    Perhaps it was my politics, by the speech by Condoleezza Rice was the least interesting. The speech by Fanny Lou Hamer is chilling. If you have never listened to her speech at the 1964 Democratic Convention, you simply must. It is one of the most difficult to listen to, because of the harrowing description of the torture she had to endure. I also recommend the speech by Barbara Jordan. She was one of the most eloquent of Congresswomen. It's too bad she was taken from us far too soon.

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    • 11-02-10

    A disappointment and a disservice

    Production values mar what could have been an excellent educational keepsake. The female narrator who introduces the segments sounds like a bored student reading a paper which she was forced to do. The sample recording sounds much better than the combined work. This is an abridged recording but I can't find an original source to see what or who was left out. American Radio Works production is a better value.

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    • Lady Cashmere
    • 05-11-17

    Great speeches, horrible narration

    I enjoyed hearing the powerful words of some of America's most powerful leaders but the narrator who gave the biographical components was just awful. I found myself questioning if it was a real person or a computer program. As a result, I skipped the biographies for all of the orators.

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    • Joyce
    • 01-11-17

    Powerful, charismatic and awe inspiring

    A great sense of respect and honor to hear these wonderful amazing voices bring their words life.



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    • Cameron Craig
    • 03-06-20

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    I didn't like condoleeza rice and shirley Chisholm. ............. . . . . . .

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    • Dorothea Vencil
    • 05-02-20

    We Rise

    Narrator mispronounced Mary McLeod Bethune's name all through her intro. It would be nice if you made sure they knew how to pronounce names prior to putting themout there for us to listen to. It may be a small thing but it is still annoying to hear.

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    • C Hills
    • 01-02-20

    Awesome.

    GREAT. I wonder if Ms. Rice still feels the same about her Republican Party today!

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    • Teens
    • 02-12-19

    Inspiring

    Wonderful caption of speeches of inspiring women in history. I recommend all women young and old listen or read this book

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    • Anonymous User
    • 30-10-19

    Good listening to equip your knowledge

    Remarkable words of truths from black ladies in the ear of time they lived in!

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    • Lelieth
    • 11-04-16

    inspirational and historical a great way to start

    What an amazing way to start my mornings. Listening to my elders reminds me daily of who I am and where I have come from and the privileges I have now. all because of those that paved the way

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    • Mr GS McCreadie
    • 27-06-20

    Stuff That's Not Stuffed

    In general agreement with the paraphrased observation that the acceptance inherent within man's nature to ultimately grant passage to women could potentially and even probably be the achilles heel of white supremacy. Try as it might there is only so long that denial can hold up against itself. White supremacy might be the proverbial elephant fighting itself in the empty room. If a black woman - literal or metaphorical - has managed to open the door and has as such revealed the white elephant's blank space it stands to reason that the elephant might find it difficult to explain itself. Mercy, grace, strength, love, compassion, resistance and revolution are probably forces that will overcome other stuff even if the other stuff can make it look and sound really plausible that the stuff that isn't other stuff ain't nearly as good as the stuff that the other stuff claims to be. Even if the other stuff is just begging, borrowing and stealing from the stuff it is not. And if not, there's always humour...