African American Quotations

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POETS
1562. Yet do I marvel at this curious thing / To make a poet black and bid him sing.

Countee Cullen, 1903-1946 Poet

1563. I know why the caged bird sings.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1873-1906 Poet

1564. O black and unknown bards of long ago/ How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?

James Weldon Johnson, 1871-1938 Writer and Activist


POLITICS
1565. The decisions that are made about who goes to Stanford and who goes to San Quentin are made outside the control of the black community.

Walter Allen

1566. If you postulate an either-or choice between Africa and the West, there is no place for you in the real world of politics.

Anthony Appiah, 1954- Philosopher

1567. A black liberal is a contradiction in terms.

Belynda B. Bady, 1961- Entrepreneur

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