A series of narrations from documents, speeches, and analyses of legislation that relate to the progression of events memorialized during the Black History Month observance at First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, CA.
Perhaps in response to Bannecker's petition, Jefferson attempted to include anti-slavery language in the founding documents. It even made it into one of the first drafts. But the Continental Congress overrode his efforts and removed the language. Hear Gary Webster's narration of the little-known deleted slavery clause.
An inspiration from the '70s, it seems to capture the essence of why the struggle for recognition and dignity endures. It essentially says take heart because your victories are seen, even if not spoken of.
Mary McLeod Bethune's inspiring speech for the 1950 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History urges us to realize the journey is not over. Similar to the Olympics, it is our responsibility to carry the torch ever forward. Full speech narrated by Wanda Gae Stephansson.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 expanded the rights conferred on citizens through the Fifteenth Amendment. Under it, suffrage was opened to women, men, racial minorities, and removed the previous requirements to vote. The excerpted analysis is narrated by Emma Black.