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Speeches of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner: The Press, the Platform, and the Pulpit (Margaret Walker Alexander African American Studies)

Speeches of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner: The Press, the Platform, and the Pulpit (Margaret Walker Alexander African American Studies)

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Publication Date: February 8th, 2023
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
ISBN:
9781496843852
Pages:
212
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Description

Henry McNeal Turner (1834-1915) was a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of America's earliest Black activists and social reformers, and an outspoken proponent of emigration. In The Speeches of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner: The Press, the Platform, and the Pulpit, Andre E. Johnson has compiled selected political speeches, sermons, lectures, and religious addresses delivered by Turner in their original form.

Alongside Turner's oratory, Johnson places the speeches in their historical context and traces his influence on Black social movements in the twentieth century, from W. E. B. Du Bois's idea of cultural nationalism to Marcus Garvey's "Back to Africa" movement, the modern-day civil rights movement, the Black Power movement, James Cone's Black liberation theology, and more. While Turner was widely known as a great orator and published copious articles, essays, and editorials, no single collection of only Turner's speeches has yet been published, and scholars have largely ignored his legacy. This volume recovers a lost voice within American and African American rhetorical history, expanding the canon of the African American oratorical tradition.

About the Author

Andre E. Johnson is associate professor of rhetoric and media studies and scholar in residence at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. He is author of No Future in This Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and editor of The Speeches of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner: The Press, the Platform, and the Pulpit, both published by University Press of Mississippi.