Life Lit by Some Large Vision: Selected Speeches and Writings

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Simon and Schuster, 2006 M09 26 - 272 pages
Star actor of stage, film, and television, civil rights activist, screenwriter, and director, Ossie Davis was among the most beloved and respected men in Hollywood and American society as a whole, whose brilliant oratory style was among his most inspiring and celebrated gifts—and all of his written essays, tributes, letters, and more have been collected for this book.

This book represents the best of the scores of speeches and talks, written and delivered by the great Ossie Davis. While the sound of his voice will be missed in the reading, his unique gift for expressing himself, articulating his thoughts and his visions are present on every page of this moving collection.

Davis had intended to assemble these disparate pieces long before his passing in the spring of 2005. His wife and his family have followed-up and delivered to us the text of his speeches, essays, tributes and eulogies, letters, and the brilliant monologue that was "The Benediction" from his groundbreaking play, first produced in 1961, "Purlie Victorious."

In the end, this is a book that will resonate from Hollywood to the heartlands across the country as a document of one man's wisdom and generosity, and a legacy that enriches all of us.
 

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Contents

SPEECHES
1
The English Language Is My Enemy 1966
9
On the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr 1968
19
Be Not Too Tame Neither 1983
35
Talking Drums and Haitian Dumplings 1995
47
The World of Hunger and Me 2002
55
Found on This Campus 2003
61
contents
64
A New Constitution c 1968
119
The Nature of the Revolution 1971
133
TRIBUTES AND EULOGIES
149
Stepin Fetchit 1981
163
Then and Now 2002
179
James Boggs 1993
195
To Roger Price 1965
225
To Seymour Peck 1972
243

Convocation Speech 2004
77
A Discussion with Young Activists and Artists 2003
83
The Significance of Lorraine Hansberry 1965
95
Afterword
251
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Ossie Davis appeared in numerous Broadway and Hollywood productions, including I'm Not Rappaport, The Defenders, The Stand, Jungle Fever, Evening Shade, Do the Right Thing, and The Client. He was also the author of several plays, teleplays, and children's books. He passed away in February 2005, still active in his work at the age of eighty-seven.

Ruby Dee, collaborator to this provocative collection, has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage and in television and film, and she is also an award-winning author. She and Ossie Davis were married for fifty-six years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

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