African American Quotations

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ALIENATION
130. Being one of a group of outcasts in society makes my sensitivity to the condition of aloneness much sharper than that of the average person. There is an isolation that every sensitive person feels; it is something all creative people recognize. And in all blacks there is an awareness of [our] isolation from the mainstream of society.

Hughie Lee-Smith, 1915- Painter

131. If the problem of meaninglessness, or the absurd, is the root metaphor of modernity, then the African American experience of slavery and racism must be counted a major embodiment of the modern problem of alienation.

James M. Washington, 1948-1997 Minister and Acaclemic


AMBITION
132. In my early youth a great bitterness entered my life and kindled a great ambition.

W.E.B. Du Bois, 1868-1963 Intellectual and Activist

133. The paradox in life is that one must be ambitious to be free from that ambition which corrupts and blinds and tempts and distorts.

Peter J. Games, 1942- Minister

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