|904. Nothing has been done in Negro folklore when the greatest cultural
wealth of the continent was disappearing without the world ever realizing it
had ever been.|
Zora Neale Hurston, 1891-1960 Writer and Folklorist
|905. What to the American Slave is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that
reveals to him, more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and
cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham,
your boasted liberty an unholy license, your national greatness, swelling vanity:
your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants,
brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery;
your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgiving, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety,
and hypocrisy, a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of
Frederick Douglass, 1817?-1895 Abolitionist and Autobiographer
|906. The Fourth of July--memorable in the history of our nation as the great
day of independence to its countrymen--had no claim upon our sympathies.
They made a flag and threw it to the heavens and bid it float forever; but every
star in it was against us.|
Henry McNeal Turner, 1834-1915 Minister and Militant activist
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Publication information: Book title: African American Quotations. Contributors: Richard Newman - Author. Publisher: Oryx Press. Place of publication: Phoenix. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 143.
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