African American Quotations

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535.Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?

Anonymous Jeremiah 13:23a KJV

536.Color is not a human or personal reality; it is a political reality.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

537.My skin color keeps things, literally, from being either black or white.

Toi Derricotte, 1941- Writer

538.The mind does not take its complexion from the skin.

Frederick Douglass, 1817?-1895 Abolitionist and Autobiographer

539.He that despises a black man for the sake of his color, reproacheth his Maker.

Prince Hall, 1735?-1807 Masonic founder

I have seen that the world is to the strong, regardless of a little pigmentation more or less.

Zora Neale Hurston, 1891-1960 Writer and Folklorist

541.If it was so honorable and glorious to be black, why was it the yellow- skinned people among us had so much prestige?

Zora Neale Hurston, 1891-1960 Writer and Folklorist

542.Negroes are like trees. They wear all colors naturally.

Claude McKay, 1889-1948 Writer

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