Say It Plain

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U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm announces her entry for Democratic nomination for the presidency, at the Concord Baptist Church School in Brooklyn, New York, January 25, 1972.

For generations, African American orators have been demanding justice and equality, reminding America to make good on its founding principles of democracy. From Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey, to Fannie Lou Hamer and Malcolm X, to Shirley Chisholm and Julian Bond, hear the stirring words of African American figures as they call for action on civil rights and the unmet promise of democracy.

"Say It Plain" is a companion piece to American RadioWorks' special "Say It Loud," focusing on audio portraits of African-Americans who called on the nation to change its ideals through the power of speech.

Airs Monday, February 15 at 9pm on 93.9FM