African American Quotations

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NATIONHOOD
1499. Before you have a God, you must have a Nationality.

Noble Drew Ali, 1880-1929 Islamic leader

1500. We do not want a Nation, we are a Nation.... We are unconscious captives until we realize this.

Amiri Baroka, 1934- Poet and Writer

1501. We are a nation within a nation as the Poles in Russia, the Hungarians in Austria, the Welsh, Irish, and Scotch in the British Dominion.

Martin R. Delany, 1812-1885 Emigrationist

1502. We must have a nationality before we can become anybody.

John Mercer Langston, 1829-1897 Educator and U.S. Congressperson

1503. I felt so tall within, I felt the power of a nation within me.

Sojourner Truth, 1797?-1883 Abolitionist and Women's rights advocate

1504. When I left the house of bondage I left everything behind. I wasn't going to keep nothing of Egypt on me, and so I went to the Lord and asked him to give me a new name. And he gave me Sojourner because I was to travel up and down the land showing the people their sins and being a sign unto them. I told the Lord I wanted two names because everybody else had two, and the Lord gave me Truth, because I was to declare the truth to the people.

Sojourner Truth, 1797?-1883 Abolitionist and Women's rights advocate

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