We Speak Your Names: A Celebration

By Pearl Cleage , with Zaron W. Burnett Jr.
Read by Pearl Cleage

0.75 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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“Sisterhood in the service of truth is an undeniable force in these remarkable times. My Sisters, here, there, and everywhere, this poem is for you.” In the tradition of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, bestselling author Pearl Cleage brings us an inspiring poem for all women, destined to become a classic. Cleage refers to We Speak Your Names as a “celebration” which is part of an oral tradition that encompasses the entire history of the African American experience. This tradition, she says, grew out of an understanding that “some things must be spoken out loud to get where the magic is.” What results is a praise poem which acknowledges the legacy of those who have gone before, and a realization, “with a knowing deeper than the flow of human blood in human veins, that we are part of something better, truer, deeper.” 

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“Sisterhood in the service of truth is an undeniable force in these remarkable times. My Sisters, here, there, and everywhere, this poem is for you.”

In the tradition of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman, bestselling author Pearl Cleage brings us an inspiring poem for all women, destined to become a classic.

Cleage refers to We Speak Your Names as a “celebration” which is part of an oral tradition that encompasses the entire history of the African American experience. This tradition, she says, grew out of an understanding that “some things must be spoken out loud to get where the magic is.” What results is a praise poem which acknowledges the legacy of those who have gone before, and a realization, “with a knowing deeper than the flow of human blood in human veins, that we are part of something better, truer, deeper.” 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The most powerful thing we ever experienced. We were in tears from the deeply rooted, primal emotion connecting one generation with the next.” Oprah Winfrey, on the live reading of this poem at her Legends Ball
“Qualities of bravery, magic, and sensuality are envoked…this was a celebration of sisterhood, of accomplishment, and of dreams that did not dry like a raisin in the sun…an excellent addition to a multicultural collection.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage is an award-winning playwright whose play Flyin’ West was the most-produced new play in the country in 1994 and a bestselling author whose novels include What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary DayI Wish I Had a Red DressSome Things I Never Thought I’d Do, and Baby Brother’s Blues, among others. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 0.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English