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Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Joan Benoit: 1984 U.S. Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
A speaker describes Joan Benoit’s win at the first-ever women’s marathon held at the Olympic Games.
East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl)
Teri Ellen Cross Davis
A young girl shares the experience of having her hair braided by her mother.
“Jabberwocky” tells the story of a boy who must follow his father’s advice as he encounters a creature called the Jabberwock.
Excerpt From “The Grasshopper”
A couple leads a happy life, despite their contrasting interests.
Excerpt from Believing in Horses
A young girl and her horse get caught in a storm.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
Excerpt from “The Trip of Le Horla”
Guy de Maupassant
In this excerpt from a short story, a narrator describes his travels in a flying balloon.
Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
Excerpt from 'Roughing It': Lost in the Snow
A man and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.
Excerpt from Swann's Way
A narrator describes being on the verge of sleep.
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon
Three Englishmen travel across Africa in a hydrogen filled balloon in this excerpt from Jules Verne’s novel.
Olivia E. Coolidge
A talented weaver’s skills are put to the test when she is challenged by Athena.
Excerpt from Sister Carrie
A country girl sets out with nothing but a train ticket, four dollars, a Chicago address on a slip of paper, and a heart full of illusions.
Most Valuable Player
Sarah Van Arsdale
A speaker describes what it would be like to have a trophy for softball.