Aug 22 + 23, 2018 | Roulette | Brooklyn

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#Speech4Breakfast: Day 8

Linda Sarsour – “Commencement Address at CUNY School of Public Health”

Read by Sumaya Bouhbal

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

Mr. Chairman, and to the Credentials Committee, my name is Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street, Ruleville, Mississippi, Sunflower County, the home of Senator James O. Eastland, and Senator Stennis. Read More

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 7

Mitch Landrieu – “Speech on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans”

Read by Remington Allen

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way — for both good and for ill. It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans — the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando De Soto, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the Acadians, the Islenos, the enslaved people from Senegambia, Free People of Colorix, the Haitians, the Germans, both the empires of France and Spain. The Italians, the Irish, the Cubans, the south and central Americans, the Vietnamese and so many more. Read More

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 5

Frederick Douglass – “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Read by Nehemiah Luckett (music director)

“Fellow citizens, above your national, tumultuous joy I hear the mournful wail of millions!”

“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? If so, there is a parallel to your conduct. And let me warn you that it is dangerous to copy the example of a nation whose crimes, towering up to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I can to-day take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and woe-smitten people! Read More

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 4

Rose Schneiderman – Speech at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

Read by Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks

“The strong hand of the law beats us back, when we rise, into the conditions that make life unbearable.”

“I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship. We have tried you good people of the public and we have found you wanting. The old inquisition had its rack and its thumbscrews and its instruments of torture with iron teeth. We know what these things are today; the iron teeth are our necessities, the thumbscrews are the high powered and swift machinery close to which we must work, and the rack is here in the firetrap structures that will destroy us the minute they catch on fire. Read More

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 1

Aung San Suu Kyi  – “Freedom from Fear”

“Concepts such as truth, justice and compassion cannot be dismissed as trite when these are often the only bulwarks which stand against ruthless power.”

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Noble Peace Prize winner who is also the head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar. Suu Kyi spent many years in detention for her efforts as a Democratic organizer. In 1990 Suu Kyi led her party to victory in the national elections but the military dictatorship refused to give up control. Her “Freedom for Fear” was speech was given during this period.

Stage Manager Jhanae Bonnick reads the first #speech4breakfast

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it… Read More