Here's my offering of the day - words and art that will lead to a better understanding.
- History and Politics Online is a compilation of audio and text of memory worthy speeches and historical moments. Here is the Martin Luther King, Jr. section. My favorites are Drum Major for Justice and I Have a Dream. If you need mpg format you can get I Have a Dream from here.
- An interesting recounting of the Bus Strike in Birmingham, AL by Maya Angelou of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings fame.
- The art of Faith Ringgold.
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is an emotional powerhouse of a novel with mind blowing imagery and unbelievable rhythm. You can feel the fear and rage.
- Black Boy: An Autobiography by Richard Wright is a straightforward accounting of a journey from the challenges of segregated Mississippi to a self education in Chicago and beyond.
- Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is another autobiographical account, this time of a girl.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison is another truly memorable book with a view into the emotional and physical baggage of ex-slaves.
- There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is another rich look into the lives of poor, Southern black people.
- Selected Poems by Langston Hughes
- Annie Allen or any other poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks. By the way, I got to meet Ms. Brooks and listen to her read her poetry.
But for those who want more, try these narratives, free.