For Black History Month, 29 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we''ve collected and featured so far. No shortages here: Check out the 29 famous speeches from the Index given by black women speakers, arranged in chronological order. Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King is a recent biography.

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, 38 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far. Check out the 38 famous speeches from the Index given by black women speakers, arranged in chronological order from 1851 to the present. Sojourner Truth's 1851 speech "Ain't I a Woman?" famous speeches

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, 50 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far. And every year, this expanding collection of speeches by black women is the most-read post on the blog! is oft-quoted, but has a disputed source, illustrating why it's often tough to find famous women's speeches.

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, 46 famous speeches by black women

The Eloquent Woman

Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far. And every year, this expanding collection of speeches by black women is the most-read post on the blog! is oft-quoted, but has a disputed source, illustrating why it's often tough to find famous women's speeches.

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14 famous African-American women's speeches from The Eloquent Woman Index

The Eloquent Woman

Coretta Scott King Now that The Eloquent Woman Index has 100 famous speeches by women, it's time to share this resource in ways that will make it even more useful to speakers, presenters and speechwriters. I can think of no better way to celebrate Black History Month this year than with this collection, drawn from the index, of famous speeches by African-American women. speech, the most-quoted line of which may have been added later by white men or women.

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FSF update: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 whistlestop tour

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: The very first post on The Eloquent Woman blog was about this speaking tour, and I later updated that post to make it part of our Famous Speech Friday series. Kennedy's running mate in the 1960 election, she was pressed into service to give dozens of speeches when Jacqueline Kennedy's troubled pregnancy made it impossible for her to travel. In all, she made 47 speeches in as many towns in four days, reaching about a half-million people in person.

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Famous Speech Friday: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 whistlestop tour

The Eloquent Woman

President Lyndon Baines Johnson, her husband, describes in Means of Ascent (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2) just how she sabotaged her own speaking early on: So deep was her shyness that, as a high school senior, she prayed that if she finished first or second in her class, she would get smallpox so that she wouldn't have to be valedictorian or salutatorian and have to make a speech at graduation. Lady Bird Johnson famous speeches