Speech Review of Mary Terrell's Speech: What It Means To Be Colored in the Capital of the U.S.

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INTRODUCTION: Imagine you are sitting on the couch watching television and soon a commercial pops up advertising a “How to Dance” video & there’s a big caption in red on the VHS box that reads “Recommended for whites because majority of you can’t dance!” or you see a commercial that advertises hair products to make your hair straighter & there’s a big caption in read that reads “Recommended for blacks because of your extremely nappy hair!” Some of you don’t know what it feels like to be judged and stereotyped or even denied access to a variety of things based on the color of your skin, but because I am a woman of color and I’ve been a victim of stereotypes and judgments, I can witness to you on how it feels. On October 10, 1906 at the United Women’s Club in Washington D.C., Mary Terrell, an internationally known civil & women’s rights activist gave a speech entitled, “What it Means to Be Colored in the Capital of the U.S.” Today I’m going to inform you about the life and accomplishments of Mary Terrell, the message she aimed to give in her speech, and my outlook and opinions on this speech. BODY-MAIN POINT 1: BIOGRAPHY Mary, born Mary Eliza Church, was born on September 23, 1863 in Memphis, TN and died on July 24, 1954 in Annapolis, Maryland. Her parents were two former slaves. Her father, Robert Church was the south’s first African American millionaire and her mother, Louisa Church was a hair salon operator. As a child, she lived in a predominantly white neighborhood where she was a victim of acts of racism and where she saw her father get shot during a race riot. These events led her to become curious about the history of African Americans. She attended a “model school” in Yellow Springs, OH and then transferred to a public high school in which she was an outstanding student. She then went on to further her education at Oberlin College where

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