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African American History

(1987) Clarence Thomas, “Why Black Americans Should Look to Conservative Politics”

In the speech below to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, on August 1, 1987, Clarence Thomas, then Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), makes the case that many African Americans have always embraced conservative values and thus their natural political home would be in the Republican Party. Yet the speech also …

African American History

(1998) Clarence Thomas, “Speech to the National Bar Association”

On July 28, 1998, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave the keynote speech at the National Bar Association, the predominately black national lawyers’s association, at its annual convention held that year in Memphis, Tennessee.  The speech appears below. Mr. Mayor, my fellow colleagues of both bench and bar, it’s a pleasure to be here. …