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No other rhetorical aesthetic or public address has ever been so admired than the uniqueness of the African American celebratory sermon-style. From Dr. King’s “I Have Dream” speech to the prolific dissertation of the Dr. Cornel West, the dynamic of the preaching and the word-working construction is an appealing sound to many ears, somewhat like an improvisation of jazz. What is black preaching? Does black preaching require “God-talk?” In our Ethical Culture Community of fellow humanist, freethinkers, and atheists is there room for this notably stylize speech-act and is it only for the American African speaker and their community? The revolutionary Je’ Exodus Hooper addressed these intersections of preaching, race, and humanism through “Me Talk Pretty One Day”: Black Celebratory Preaching the Humanist Way.
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