Landmark electronic collection of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major black leaders in North America. Works by teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, war veterans, entertainers, and other figures form the corpus. Unlike their white counterparts, black leaders have had to wrestle with the issues of their race alongside the issues of leadership in their chosen professions. They have been forced to defend positions, justify actions, correct perceptions, protest injustice, celebrate cultural achievement, and confront the agenda of a white-dominated society.
Encompasses 100,000 pages of materials, beginning with the ideas of Frederick Douglass and including those of W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Alain Locke, Sidney Bechet, Paul Robeson, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Sammy Davis, Jr., Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Dorothy Height, Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph, Constance Baker Motley, J. Saunders Redding, Sojourner Truth, Walter F. White, Amiri Baraka, and dozens more. Targeted for inclusion are the written and spoken words of Ralph Ellison, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Wright, Angela Davis, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Ida B. Wells, Bobby Seale, Rosa Parks, Gwendolyn Brooks, and a long list of others.
In addition to including the most familiar writings, Black Thought and Culture presents a great deal of previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, trial transcripts, and interviews. Much of the material is fugitive, and approximately twenty percent of the collection has not been published previously.