African American Quotations

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659. We will build a democratic America in spite of undemocratic Americans.

Shirley Chisholm, 1924- Politician

660. If this nation is not truly democratic, then she must die.

Alexander Crummell, 1819-1898 Minister and Scholar

661. [During Reconstruction] it was the black man that raised a vision of democracy in America such as neither American nor European conceived in the eighteenth century and they have not even accepted in the twentieth century, and yet a conception which every clear-sighted man knows is true and inevitable.

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

662. Privilege is anathema to democracy.

Nikki Giovanni, 1943- Poet

663. In a racially divided society, majority rule may become majority tyranny.

Lani Guinier, 1950- Low professor

664. America must begin the struggle for democracy at home.

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

665. Democracy itself is obstructed and stagnated to the extent that any of its channels are closed.

Alain Locke, 1886-1954 Scholar and Critic


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