THE DISCOURSE PROJECT
JULY 4 TO NOVEMBER 3, 2020
"No nation can now shut itself up from the surrounding
world, and trot round in the same old path of its fathers
without interference. [A] change has now come over the
affairs of mankind."
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chapter 1: the authors of history
July 4-August 4
"What, To the Slave, Is the Fourth of July?"
"Speech to the Court, Virginia vs. John Brown"
"Remember the Ladies"
"To His Excellency, George Washington"
"Declaration of Independence"
Chapter 2: the economics of democracy
August 11-September 15
"Lessons of MLK"
"Celebration of Winning the Vote"
-Carrie Chapman Catt
"Notes and Statements"
"And Still I Rise"
"I Have A Dream"
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Voting Rights Act of 1965, Section 17"
Chapter 3: a nation in crisis
September 22-October 12
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Lynching, Our National Crime"
-Ida B. Wells
"1,112 and Counting"
"Songs of the Spavinaw"
-Ruth Muskrat Bronson
chapter 4: a nation decides
October 15-November 3
"The Struggle for Human Rights"
"The Hope Speech"
"The Ballot or the Bullet"
-John F. Kennedy
"Presidential Candidacy Announcement"
"On Women's Right to Vote"
-Susan B. Anthony
about the discourse project
1776. 1860. 1929. 1964. Since the inception of the United States of America, leaders and activists have ushered us through eras of discourse with the intent of reunification when our nation teetered on the edge of irrevocable division. In 2020, we were faced with re-evaluating our national identity. What were our values as a nation? History offered itself as our guide, our teacher… were we ready to listen and learn?
THE DISCOURSE PROJECT featured actors from across the United States performing prominent speeches and historical documents addressing our call for democracy, freedom, and equality. THE DISCOURSE PROJECT premiered July 4th and ran up Election Day. This video content was shared on social media platforms in the hope of evoking a community discourse about the future of our nation leading up to the presidential election on November 3, 2020.
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Willard Brewington III
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