Distinguished SUNY Oneonta Professor Gretchen Sullivan Sorin is a finalist for a 2021 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction. Dr. Sorin collaborated with Emmy-winning director Ric Burns to bring her book “Driving While Black” to life in the form of a two-hour PBS documentary Dr. Sorin is a distinguished professor and director of SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program. The 52nd NAACP Image Awards ceremony will air live on BET on the 27th at 8 p.m.

LOOK: 50 essential civil rights speeches

Many of the speakers had a lifetime commitment to human rights, but one tried to silence an activist lobbying for voting rights, before later signing off on major civil rights legislation. Several fought for freedom for more than one oppressed group.

Keep reading to discover 50 essential civil rights speeches.