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(1890) Joseph C. Price, “Education and the Problem,”


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Joseph C. Price emerged in the 1880s as one of the most celebrated educators and orators in black America.  Born free in North Carolina in 1854, Price attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where he garnered numerous oratorical prizes and graduated as valedictorian in 1879.  Two years later as a delegate of the A.M.E. Zion Church to the Worlds Ecumenical Conference of Methodism, held in London, he delivered an unscheduled speech from the floor that created a sensation and soon afterwards was called The Worlds Orator by the British press.  One of Prices most important orations was given at annual meeting of the National Education Association (NEA), held in Minneapolis July 10-12, 1890.  That speech appears below.  

If I had a thousand tongues and each tongue were a thousand thunderbolts and each thunderbolt had a thousand voices, I would use them all to help you understand a loyal and

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