African American Quotations

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213. Teach your children they are direct descendants of the greatest and proudest race who ever peopled the earth.

Marcus Garvey, 1887-1940 Nationalist leader

214. With some of us, militancy against discrimination and racial indignity is a heritage from our forebears.

William H. Hastie, 1904-1976 Lawyer and Judge

215. No matter who you are, the spirits are around us all the time. Especially the old ones that know us and have gone on before--the ancestors.

Bessie Jones Author of For the Ancestors

216. To believe is to become what you believe.

June Jordan, 1936- Poet and Essayist

217. We, today, stand on the shoulders of our predecessors who have gone before us. We, as their successors, must catch the torch of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors.

Benjamin Mays, 1895-1984 Educator

218. Our ancestors are an ever-widening circle of hope.

Toni Morrison, 1931- Novelist and Nobel laureate

219. When I made that decision, I knew I had the strength of my ancestors with me.

Rosa Parks, 1913- Civil rights activist

220. As a boy in Princeton I dreamed and dreamed of the land of my forefathers and mothers.... My paternal grandfather, torn from his ages-old continent, had survived the dreadful passage. My own father was the embodiment of the strength, warmth, and quiet dignity of the African people.

Paul Robeson 1898-1976 Singer and Activist


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