Great idea for a thread!
One of my favorite African-American leaders will always be the Rev. Al Sharpton. He is consistently insightful, charismatic, and entertaining while making a powerful statement. His speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention was incredible.
"You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule.
That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres. We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres.
We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us."