Black Voices Past & Present

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In one of his lesser known speeches, "Give Us the Ballot," which was given in 1957, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr presses the United States Government for Black people's right to vote.

Show Notes

Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "Give Us the Ballot" was given in 1957 in a tumultuous time in American history that in some ways mirrors what we are going through in 2020. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, MLK made the case plain for allowing Black people to vote at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. He spoke against both fake and empty "liberalism" and the moral bankruptcy of Southern moderates who went along with the status quo of racism to avoid upsetting the power systems that kept them "safe." King also made the case for hope- he believed that we WOULD pull trough; he believed that justice would reign eventually. In preparation for our 2020 election, with many of us wrestling with anxiety and fear, Steven Anthony Jones shares the urgency AND the hope of "Give Us The Ballot." He also reads his own version of "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round"--  a compelling urge for us to keep moving towards justice no matter what slings and arrows 2020 continues to hurl our way.

What is Black Voices Past & Present?

Black history is rich with speeches, literature, and art that resists white supremacy, lifts up black people, and insists on both joy and dignity of life. Although there have been 400 years of black resistance on this continent, American revisionist history has hidden some of the most powerful black voices from us. Hosted by Steven Anthony Jones and produced by Kaliswa Brewster, Black Voices Past and Present is a weekly podcast that will bring some of the most poignant black voices straight to your ears--unfiltered, and without talking head commentary. What is it to hear black voices past and present in conversation with one another? Where do voices like Frederick Douglass and James Baldwin fit in this new and important Black Lives Matter movement? Join us each week to find out.