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Subseries 2.2b
Interviews and speeches, 1973-2011
Boxes 92-95 and OP 35

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of interviews and speeches by Cleage from 1983-2011. The majority of the series contains manuscript notes and typescript drafts of speeches and lectures delivered by Cleage at conferences, colleges, festivals, and high schools such as the National Book Club Conference, North Atlanta High School, Spelman College, and Emory University. Interviews of Cleage and interviews conducted by her of Alfre Woodard, Nikki Giovanni, and Johnnetta B. Cole are also included. Topics primarily relate to sisterhood, love, revolution, inspiration, wisdom, truth, empowerment, uplift, black feminism, writing, racism, classism, sexism, and social change. Of particular note are speeches delivered at the National Black Theatre Festival of which Cleage was an instrumental founder. Manuscript and typescript drafts of remarks and readings of Cleage's books I Wish I Had A Red Dress and Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do and speeches written by Cleage for others including Oprah Winfrey are also contained in the subseries.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by writing type, then in chronological order.

Restrictions on Access

Due to privacy concerns, some material has been redacted.

Interviews
Box Folder Content
92 1 1993, Interview of Johnnetta B. Cole by Pearl Cleage, typescript draft [redacted]
92 2 1997, Interview of Pearl Cleage for Creative Loafing, typescripts
92 3 2004, Interview of Pearl Cleage for Proverbs for the People, typescripts
92 4 2009, Interview of Pearl Cleage for Obsidian, typescripts
92 5 Undated, Interview of Alfre Woodard by Pearl Cleage, notes
92 6 Undated, Interview of A. B. Spellman by Pearl Cleage, notes
92 7 Undated, Interview of Nikki Giovanni by Pearl Cleage, notes
Speeches
92 8 1973, "Black Women in Television," Conference on African and Afro-American Studies
92 9 1988 February, Remarks at Forum on Black Feminism, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
92 10 1989, "Solitude"
92 11 1990 February, Remarks at Northside High School
92 12 1991 May, "Below the Line: Southern Theater at Literature," Seven Stages Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
92 13 1991 July, Feminist Women's Health Center Protest reception
92 14 1991 October, "Talking in Tongues: In Search of Sisterspeak," Walker Art Center
92 15 1992 March, Remarks at North Atlanta High School
92 16 1992 April, "Say What? By Way of Introduction," Ms. Foundation Briefing
92 17 1992 November "A Hollering Place," British-American Project, Atlanta, Georgia
92 18 1993 May, Atlanta Women's Network
92 19 1994 July, NCASA keynote speech
92 20 1995 April, Remarks at Southern Writers' Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee
92 21 1995 September, "A Tribute to Alice Childress," Alabama Shakespeare Festival
92 22 1995 November, Remarks at University of Massachusetts and Mount Holyoke College
92 23 1995 November, Remarks at University of Massachusetts and Mount Holyoke College, Flyin' West residency
92 24 1996 March, "A Little Talk About Writing," Playwriting residency, unidentified location
92 25 1996 March, "My American Herstory"
92 26 1998 March, Remarks at Emory University
92 27 1998 March, Atlanta Coalition of 100 Black Women Installation Ceremony
92 28 1998 March, Remarks by Cleage at AT&T Onstage
92 29 2000 November, Remarks at Brooklyn Academy of Music Generation Next Film Festival
92 30 2000 October, Baltimore speech
92 31 2000, Remarks and readings from I Wish I Had a Red Dress [1 of 2]
92 32 2000, Remarks and readings from I Wish I Had a Red Dress [2 of 2]
93 1 2001-2004, "The Writer's Role in Wartime"
93 2 2001, Untitled speech
93 3 2001, Remarks at Conference on Southern Literature, Chattanooga, Tennessee
93 4 2001 April, Remarks at Women's Resource Center luncheon
93 5 2001 July, Harlem Book Fair
93 6 2001 July, Remarks at Essence Music Festival
93 7 2002 January, "Love Among the Ruins: A Reader's Guide to Revolutionary Romance," Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana
93 8 2002 June, Remarks at Black Caucus of American Library Association
93 9 2003 March, "The Writer and Social Change," Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
93 10 2003 April, Atlanta Women's Network
93 11 2003 September, Atlanta Literary Festival
93 12 2003 September, Untitled speech
93 13 2003 October, "Some Thoughts on 'Some Things'"
93 14 2004 February, "Johnnetta Cole Tribute"
93 15 2004 February, "Introduction of Octavia Butler"
93 16 2004 June, Remarks at Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman's funeral
93 17 2004 July, "The Writer's Role in Wartime: A Mediation in Ten Parts"
93 18 2004 October, Remarks at Women in Film Anniversary Gala
93 19 2005, Remarks at Contemporary Literature and Writing Conference, Kennesaw State University
93 20 2005, Notes for "new speech"
93 21 2005 January, "Mayor's Business Breakfast"
93 22 2005 April, "The Writer's Role in Wartime," Emory University
93 23 2005 September, "Because We Have Daughters: A Promise in Place of a Poem," Men Stopping Violence, Spelman College
93 24 2005 October 17, Remarks at August Wilson celebration
93 25 2006 January, "A Night of Dancing," Spelman College
93 26 2006 February, Remarks about Baby Brother's Blues
93 27 2006 February, Remarks before Cleage's one woman show at Spelman College
93 28 2006 March, Remarks at Margaret Mitchell House
94 1 2006 June, Remarks at Decatur Book Festival
94 2 2006 June, Remarks at Dunwoody Library
94 3 2006 August, Book Club Conference
94 4 2006 October, Remarks at First Congregational Church Homecoming Service
94 5 2006 October, "Perseverance with Faith," First Congregational Church United Church of Christ
94 6 2006 November, "Take Back the Night
94 7 2006-2009, Notes and fragments of speeches
94 8 2007 January, "Honoring Women in the Civil Rights Movement"
94 9 2007 January, Remarks at Georgia State University
94 10 2007 February, Remarks at Ritz Theatre and LaVilla, Jacksonville, Florida
94 11 2007 August, "National Black Theatre Festival"
94 12 2008 March, Untitled speech
94 13 2008 August, "Michelle Obama: Woman of Power"
94 14 2008 September, "Voting for the Girl: Some Thoughts on Sisterhood and Citizenship"
94 15 2008 October, "Women for Obama," Georgia State Capitol
94 16 2009 March, "National Black Theatre Festival"
94 17 2009 July, Remarks at National Book Club Conference
94 18 2010 July, "Bebe Moore Campbell Award Breakfast," National Book Club Conference
94 19 2011 January, Zora Festival
95 1 Undated, Anna J. Cooper lecture
95 2 Undated, "Autobiographical Writing"
95 3 Undated, "Basic Training: The Beginnings of Wisdom"
95 4 Undated, "Because We Have Daughters: A Promise in Place of a Poem"
95 5 Undated, "Beside the Old Mainstream," National Council of Teachers of English
95 6 Undated, "Beyond the Blue"
95 7 Undated, "Black Feminist Agendas for the 21st Century"
95 8 Undated, "Bourbon at the Border"
95 9 Undated, "Dreaming of Campfires"
95 10 Undated, Essence Music Festival panel
95 11 Undated, "Love as a Catalyst"
95 12 Undated, "One for the Brothers"
95 13 Undated, "Prologue"
95 14 Undated, Remarks about Deals With The Devil, and Other Reasons to Riot
95 15 Undated, "Ten for Tupac: Reflections by Pearl Cleage"
95 16 Undated, Notes and fragments of speeches
95 17 Undated, Untitled speech [1]
95 18 Undated, Untitled speech [2]
95 19 Undated, Untitled speech [3]
95 20 Undated, Untitled speech [4]
95 21 Undated, Untitled speech [5]
95 22 Undated, Untitled speech [6]
95 23 Undated, Untitled speech [7]
95 24 Undated, Untitled speech [8]
95 25 Undated, Untitled speech [9]
95 26 Undated, Untitled speech [10]
Speeches for others
95 27 2003, Remarks for Valerie Richardson Jackson at Maynard Jackson funeral
OP35 - 2003, Proof of program for Maynard Jackson funeral
95 28 2004 July, Remarks for Zaron W. Burnett, Jr. at Michael Larson Stone funeral
95 29 2004 December, Remarks for the Honorable Eldrin Bell, Chairman, Clayton County Commission
95 30 2009 November, "You Have the Power," delivered by Oprah Winfrey
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