African American Quotations

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309. I am black but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem.

Anonymous Song of Solomon 1:5a KJV

310. Look at me. I am black. I am beautiful.

Mary McLeod Bethune, 1875-1955 Educator

311. When I was a child, it did not occur to me, even once, that the black in which I was encased (I called it brown in those days) would be considered, one day, beautiful.

Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917- Poet

312. I am black all over and proud of my beautiful black skin.

John E. Bruce, 1856-1924 Writer

313. Go home and tell your daughters they're beautiful.

Stokely Carmichael, 1941- Activist

314. I find, in being black, a thing of beauty: a joy, a strength; a secret cup of gladness, a native land in neither time nor space, a native land in every Negro face! Be loyal to yourselves: your skin; your hair; your lips, your Southern speech, your laughing kindness, are Negro kingdoms, vast as any other.

Ossie Davis, 1917- Actor


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