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African American Quotations

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492. The only place blacks felt they could maintain an element of self-expression was the church.

Richard Allen, 1760-1831 AME Church founder

493. Old Satan's church is here below. Up to God's free church I hope to go.

Anonymous Black hymn quoted by Harriet Jacobs

494. In the church, we think of ourselves as all part of God's family. That means we think of the people where we worship as brothers and sisters.

Benjamin Carson, 1951- Surgeon

495. The black church was the creation of a black people whose daily existence was an encounter with the overwhelming and brutalizing reality of white power.

James Cone, 1938- Theologian

496. The sickness of the church in America is intimately involved with the bankruptcy of American theology. When the church fails to live up to its appointed mission, it means that theology is partly responsible.

James Cone, 1938- Theologian

497. There is in fact nothing to set the church apart as a leader in attacking the evils of the present social order.

Gordon Blaine Hancock, 1884-1970 Minister and Sociologist

498. I think if we're going to reclaim or recapture young people, it's going to have to be through the church or spirituality.

Bernice King, 1964- Minister

499. I am grateful to God that, through the influence of the Negro church, the way of non-violence became an integral part of our struggle.

Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968 Civil rights activist and Nobel laureate

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