African American Quotations

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1631. I was accused of robbing a gas station of $70.... I agreed to confess in return for a light county jail sentence.... They tossed me into the penitentiary with one to life. That was in 1960 [10 years ago]. I was 18 years old. I've been here ever since.

George Jackson, 1941-1971 Prisoner and Activist

1632. In every state, more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren't planning to put white people in them.

Assata Shakur

1633. The kitchenette is our prison, our death sentence without trial.

Richard Wright, 1908-1960 Novelist

1634. I was in prison before entering here.... The solitude, the long moments of meditative contemplation, have given me the key to my freedom.

Malcolm X, 1925-1965 Nationalist leader

1635. In our prisons there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands of people I would call political prisoners.

Andrew Young, 1932- Civil rights activist

1636. I stand before you today as the elected leader of the greatest city of a great nation, to which my ancestors were brought, chained and whipped, in the hold of a slave ship. We have not finished the journey toward liberty and justice, but surely we have come a long way.

David Dinkins, 1927- Politician


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