African American Quotations

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548. The four billion dollars African Americans spend don't go to the black community.

Benjamin Chavis Jr., 1948- Activist

549. It is time for us, who call ourselves artists, scholars, and thinkers, to rejoin the people from whom we came.

Ossio Davis, 1917- Actor

550. I think somewhere along the line, in developing my own work and my own taste, I came to know and love the crowd.... The curtain goes up on the stage of life every time we walk into the street.

Joseph Delaney, 1904-1991 Painter

551. There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it, who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it.

Marcus Garvey, 1887-1940 Nationalist leader

552. When I pitched headforemost into the world, I landed in the crib of negroism.

Zora Neale Hurston, 1891-1960 Writer and Folklorist

553. We were all black and we were all poor and we were all right there in place. For us, the larger community didn't exist.

Barbara Jordan, 1936-1996 Lawyer and U.S. Congressperson

554. Strangely enough, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.

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


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