The evolution of speech for African American Motivational SpeakersOral communication for African Americans derived from traditions that were developed during slavery. Vans Authentic Slaveholders were concerned about the education of slaves and how it could inspire rebellions. These oral traditions laid the groundwork and the primary methods of preserving the history, culture and best means of keeping everyone informed. The cultural aspects, as related to speaking, evolved through storytelling and folktales. No one could imagine the depth, breadth and impact that these events would continue to have on the African American culture.
The heritage and speaking styles of African American Motivational speakers comes from the period of slavery. African American preachers and speakers are known to use tone, volume and movement to engage audience. Black comedians, preachers and even black speakers are not afraid to engage audiences with a call and response oral statement to incite energy. Some of the great black speakers are also entertainers who incorporate singing and music in their speeches. Many black motivational speakers are gifted with a natural charisma, and use their charisma to connect both intellectually and emotionally with their audiences. Music, dance, literature, art, religion and attire were all prevailing factors for inspiration and growth for the African American culture in its preachers and speakers. Each were fully connected and present at all times. It is not to say that speakers from other ethnic backgrounds do not have this capability; it is the heritage of African Americans that carried this characteristic forward through hundreds of years.
Vans Today top black speakers include nationally known political figures, journalists, celebrities and athletes. Most will openly state that their orator capabilities came from the church, as churches in the African American community provide and promote an openness to worship, song and dance. One of the most noted African American speakers in the political category is Donna Brazile. Donna Brazile is one of the best known, most influential African American women in modern American political life. She is Chair of the Democratic National Committee Voting Rights Institute (VRI), an organization established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all Americans to participate in the political process. Brazile is the author of Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, a memoir about her life in the political arena, and co-author of What We Do Now, published by Melville House in 2004.