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Hawaiian chant for Strength. Read by Denise Solomon, CAS.

E iho ana o luna (the high will be brought low)

E pi’i ana l lalo (the low will be lifted up)

E hui ana na moku (the islands will be united)

E ku ana ka paia (we will stand strong)


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Where do we go from here?” August 16, 1967. Read by Jack Selzer, Engl.

Speech Selections. Read by Cynthia Young, Af. Am.


Barack Obama, “2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address.” Read by Brad Vivian, CAS.


Sonya Sanchez “For Sweet Honey in the Rock.” Read by Courtney Morris, Af. Am.


Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Read by John Minbiole, CAS.

Excerpt from ProPublica’s Mission Statement. Read by Matt McAllister, Com.


Poetry Selections. Read by Vincent Colapietro, Phil.


Barbara Jordan, “1976 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address.” Read by Melissa Wright, WGSS.


Eileen Trouth, “Why the IT field can’t be limited” original composition. IST & WGSS.


Claudia Rankine, selections of poetry. Read by Jo Hsu, Eng.


Cicero, excerpt from De Re Publica. Read by Michele Kennerly, CAS.


Rebecca Solnit, “Whether Trump or Clinton Wins the US election, What Follows is Up to Us” The Guardian, November 7, 2016. Read by Russell Frank, Com.


Harvey Milk, “You’ve got to have Hope.” June 24, 1977. Read by Aparna Parikh, WGSS & Geo, and Jessica Kurr (not pictured), CAS.


Gabriel Green, original poem against state sanctioned violence. Eng


John F. Kennedy, “Remarks at Amherst College” October 26, 1963. Read by Debra Hawhee, Eng & CAS.


Eleanor Roosevelt, “Preserving Civil Liberties” March 14, 1940. Read by Matt Jordan, Com.


Isaac Bretz, original prose. Educ.


Martin Luther King Jr. “Honoring Dr. DuBois” February 23, 1968. Read by Dan Letwin, Hist.


Excerpt from “Declaration of Sentiments”. Read by Anne Kretsinger-Harries, CAS.


Rastum Kozain, “Kingdom of Rain.” Read by Gabeba Baderoon, WGSS.


Wendell Berry, speech selections. Read by Dorn Hetzel, Com.


Excerpt from Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass.” Read by Jeremy Engels, CAS.


Margaret Walker, “For My People.” Read by Mudiwa Pettus, Eng.


Langston Hughes, “Freedom’s Plow,” 1943. Read by Erina MacGeorge, CAS.

Excerpt from Hope Jahren, “Lab Girl.” Read by Helen Gall and Virginia Marcon, Geosciences.

Gloria Steinem, “Living the Revolution.” Read by Lise Nelson, WGSS.

Bertrand Russell, “Freedom and the Colleges.” Read by Abe Khan, Af. Am. and CAS.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Nomination Acceptance Address.” Read by Susan Squier, Eng.

Shirley Chisholm, “For the Equal Rights Amendment.” Read by Rosa Eberly, CAS and Eng.

W.H. Auden, “September 1, 1939.” Read by Ellen Stroud, Hist.

George Washington, “Farewell Address” September 19, 1796. Read by Anne Demo, CAS.

W. E. B. DuBois, “The Push for Political Agitation.” Read by Kirt Wilson, CAS.