Speech:

Graduating Address of Yan Phou Lee at Yale College: The Other Side of The Chinese Question

Speaker:

Yan Phou Lee

Chinese immigration to the United States was a topic of national discussion during the late 1800s. Specifically, the Restriction Period (1882-1888) and Exclusion Period (1888-1943) were years defined by debates over laws that limited the number of Chinese immigrants allowed to enter the United States. During these periods, Chinese immigrants were targets of xenophobia and…  Read more.
Speech:

Speech to Judiciary Committee re: The Rights of Women

Speaker:

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Mary Ann Shadd Cary was born a free African American on October 9th, 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware. At the age of ten, her family moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania so Shadd Cary and her siblings could receive an education, a right denied to them in Delaware on account of their race. Throughout her childhood, Shadd Cary’s…  Read more.
Speech:

Speech at Angela Davis Rally

Speaker:

Paula Crenshaw

Angela Davis, activist, academic, author, and former political prisoner, gained global attention in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She gained widespread attention when she faced murder charges in a trial that inspired an “unprecedented political campaign waged for her release all over the world.”  Read more.
Speech:

The Southern Exodus

Speaker:

Frederick Douglass

Even before Reconstruction ended, many formerly enslaved people came to a discouraging realization. They faced the dim reality that the promises of emancipation, the impeachment of a southern president, and the passage of the Civil War amendments would not produce the kind of change they envisioned. The Compromise of 1877 instead sealed a different fate.…  Read more.
Dorothy Pitman Hughes
Speech:

Women’s Liberation

Speaker:

Gloria Steinem / Dorothy Pitman Hughes

In the late 1960s, Gloria Steinem was a contributing columnist for New York magazine and an emerging activist living in New York City. Dorothy Pitman Hughes was a children’s rights advocate who also lived in New York City’s upper west side. Their partnership formed when Steinem interviewed Pitman Hughes for an article on childcare.  Read more.
Paul Robeson
Speech:

Forge Negro-Labor and Unity for Peace

Speaker:

Paul Robeson

A renowned singer, athlete, actor, and activist, Paul Robeson was perhaps one of the most prominent African American public figures from the 1920s to the 1950s. Born on April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey, Robeson displayed prodigious academic and athletic talent early in his childhood. Enrolling at Rutgers University at the age of 17,…  Read more.