African American Quotations

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620. Everything that IS was once IMAGINED!

Ted Joans, 1928- Poet

621. I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.

B.B. King, 1925- Blues musician

622. We can only reflect our own experience, but we would hope that we would be understood by others, universally beyond the source.

Jacob Lawrence, 1917- Painter

623. In flavor of language, flow of phrase, accent of rhythm in prose, verse and music, color and tone of imagery, idiom and timbre of emotion and symbolism, it is the ambition and promise of Negro artists to make a distinctive contribution.

Alain Locke 1886-1954 Scholar and Critic

624. I realized by using the high notes of the chords as a melodic line, and by the right harmonic progression, I could play what I heard inside me. That's when I was born.

Charlie Parker, 1920?-1955 Jazz musician

625. If you have but one wish, let it be for an idea.

Percy Sutton, 1920- Politician

626. And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see.

Alice Walker, 1944- Writer


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