African American Quotations

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640. We've been to hell and back again. And death cannot have the final word.

Ossie Davis, 1917- Actor

641. Help us to hope that the seeming Shadow of this Death is to our human blindness but the exceeding brightness of a newer greater life.

W.E.B. Du Bois, 1868-1963 Intellectual and Activist

642. When I am dead wrap the mantle of the Red, Black, and Green around me for in the new life I shall rise . . . to lead the millions up the heights of triumph with the colors that you well know.

Marcus Garvey, 1887-1940 Nationalist leader

643. Brother, brother, there are too many of us dying.

Marvin Gaye, 1939-1984 Singer and Composer

644. Death is a slave's freedom.

Nikki Giovanni, 1943- Poet

645. Sometimes the strong die, too.

Louis Gossett Jr. Actor

646. If physical death is the price I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from the permanent death of the spirit, then nothing could be more redemptive.

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


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