African American Quotations

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1151. The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and in the next, we see in them the reflection of the divine image.

Charles W. Chesnutt, 1858-1932 Novelist

1152. You don't have to teach people to be human. You have to teach them how to stop being inhuman.

Eldridge Cleaver, 1935-1998 Black Panther Party leader

1153. I try to say [in art] that the story of mankind, no matter what ethnic nor racial variety, is one story; we are all part of that story, which in a deeper sense of life is a reflection in time of the eternal.

Allan Rohan Crite, 1910- Artist

1154. [Negroes] must eventually surrender race "solidarity" and the idea of American Negro culture to the concept of world humanity, above race and nation. This is the price of Liberty. This is the cost of Oppression.

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

1155. We are concerned not only about the Negro poor, but the poor all over America and all over the world.

Coretta Scott King, 1927- Civil rights activist

1156. When a white man in Africa by accident looks into the eyes of a native and sees the human being (which it is his chief preoccupation to avoid), his sense of guilt, which he denies, fumes up in resentment and he brings down the whip.

Doris Lessing, 1919- Novelist and Writer

1157. Humility is probably the greatest power that one can study, to understand that you didn't create anything. God created it all.

Melba Moore, 1945- Singer

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