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Global African Speeches

To 1885:


1886 - 1960:
(1893) Frances E.W. Harper, "Woman's Political Future"
(1902) Rev. Mojola Agbebi, "Inaugural Sermon"
(1906) Isaka Seme, “The Regeneration of Africa”
(1919) Orishatuke Faduma, "Not Failure But Low Aim is Crime"
(1924) Prince Marc Kojo Tovalou Houènou, “The Problem of Negroes in French Colonial Africa”
(1926) John Williamson Kuyé, “Right of the People to Self-Determination”
(1927) Lamine Senghor, “The Negro’s Fight for Freedom”
(1936) Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, “Appeal to the League of Nations”
(1949) Nnamdi Azikiwe Speaks at a Rally for Nigerian Independence at Trafalgar Square, London
(1949) Nnamdi Azikiwe Speaks before the British Peace Conference in London
(1949) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “A Denunciation of European Imperialism”
(1949) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “Address to the Ibo People”
(1953) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “Speech on Secession”
(1955) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “The University of Nigeria Speech”
(1957) Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, “First Speech as Prime Minister”
(1957) Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, "Unity and Diversity in Independence"
(1958) Patrice Lumumba, “Speech at Accra”
(1959) Nnamdi Azikiwe Honors Kwame Nkrumah on his Visit to Eastern Nigeria
(1959) Nnamdi Azikiwe Speaks on the Role of Nigeria and other African States in World Politics
(1959) Patrice Lumumba, “African Unity and National Independence”
(1959) Sekou Touré, “The Political Leader Considered as the Representative of a Culture”
(1960) Patrice Lumumba, “National Radio Address”
(1960) Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, “Independence Day”
(ca. 1928) Henry F. Coleman, “The Philosophy of the Race Problem (From a Negro's Viewpoint)”


Since 1961:
(1961) Albert Luthuli, “Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech”
(1962) Nelson Mandela, "Address at the Conference of the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa”
(1962) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “The Future of Pan Africanism”
(1963) Es'kia (Ezekiel) Mphahlele, "On Negritude in Literature"
(1963) Haile Selassie, “Towards African Unity”
(1963) Malcolm X, “Message to the Grassroots”
(1963) Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, “Addis Ababa”
(1963) Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, “Chancellor's Address at the University of Ibadan”
(1964) Nelson Mandela, “I Am Prepared To Die”
(1964) Nnamdi Azikiwe, “Tribalism: A Pragmatic Instrument for National Unity”
(1966) Amilcar Cabral, “The Weapon of Theory”
(1966) Julius Kambarage Nyerere, “The Dilemma of the Pan-Africanist”
(1967) Milton Apollo Obote, “Language and National Identification”
(1968) Chinua Achebe, "The Duty and Involvement of the African Writer"
(1968) Toivo Herman Ja Toivo, "Freedom for Namibia"
(1970) Amilcar Cabral, “National Liberation and Culture”
(1971) Sese Seko Mobutu, “Address to the Conseil Nationale Extraordinaire, Dakar, 14 February 1971”
(1972) M. Gatsha Buthelezi, "My Role Within Separate Development Politics"
(1973) Desmond Tutu, "God-given Dignity and the Quest for Liberation”
(1973) H.W. E. Ntsanwisi, "Petty Apartheid"
(1973) K.M.N. Guzana, "On Being a South African"
(1973) Lucy Mvubelo, "My Plea to the International Labor Organization"
(1974) M. Gatsha Buthelezi, “Towards Black Fulfillment”
(1980) Samora Machel, “Transform the State Apparatus into an Instrument of Victory”
(1981) Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”
(1982) Audre Lorde, “Learning from the 60s”
(1983) Samora Machel “Every Revolution is a Contribution to Marxism”
(1990) Nelson Mandela, "We Have Waited Too Long For Our Freedom"
(1993) Nelson Mandela, "Address to the Nation"
(1993) Nelson Mandela, “Nobel Peace Prize Address”
(1994) Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Address as President of South Africa
(1998) Clarence Thomas, "Speech to the National Bar Association"
(2009) Barack Obama, "A New Beginning Between the United States and the Muslim World"
(2017) President Barack Obama's Farewell Address
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