African American Quotations

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487. I met a man named Jesus, and I had an exchange with him. I gave him my sorrows, he gave me his joy; I gave him my confusion, he gave me his peace; I gave him my despair, he gave me his hope; I gave him my hatred, he gave me his love; I gave him my torn life, he gave me his purpose.

Otis Moss, 1935- Minister

488. The gospel of the New Testament is a life by the way of death. We cannot live by seeking to live. We can only live by the willingness--the commitment--to a form of self-death.

Gardner C. Taylor, 1918- Minister

489. The basic contribution of prophetic Christianity, despite the countless calamities perpetrated by Christian churches, is that every individual, regardless of class, country, caste, race, or sex, should have the opportunity to fulfill his or her potentialities.

Cornel West, 1954- Philosopher and Activist

490. The images, symbols, and attitudes of Christianity were the highest crystallization of the Negro's will to live he has made in this country.

Richard Wright, 1908-1960 Novelist

491. The fear that had shackled us all across the years left us suddenly when we were in that church, together.

Ralph Abernathy, 1926-1991 Civil rights activist


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