African American Quotations

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1755. Remember Denmark Vesey, remember Nathaniel Turner, remember Shields Green and Copeland, who followed noble John Brown, and fell as glorious martyrs for the cause of the slave.

Frederick Douglass, 1817?-1895 Abolitionist and Autobiographer

1756. Who would be free themselves must strike the blow.

Frederick Douglass, 1817?-1895 Abolitionist and Autobiographer

1757. I have nothing more to offer that what General Washington would have had to offer had he been taken by the British and put to trial by them. I have adventured my life in endeavoring to obtain the liberty of my countrymen, and am a willing sacrifice to their cause; and I beg, as a favor, that I may be immediately led to execution, I know that you have pre-determined to shed my blood, why then all this mockery of a trial?

Gabriel Prosser, 1775?-1800 Insurrectionist

1758. I heard a loud noise in the heavens, and the Spirit instantly appeared to me and said the Serpent was loosened, and Christ had laid down the yoke he had borne for the sins of men and that I should take it on and fight against the Serpent, for the time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last first.

Nat Turner, 1800?-1831 Prophet and Insurrectionist

1759. Remember that ours is not a war for robbery, or to satisfy our passions; it is a struggle for freedom.

Nat Turner, 1800?-1831 Prophet and Insurrectionist

1760. The riots in Los Angeles and in other cities shocked the world. They shouldn't have. Many of us have watched our country--including our government--neglect the problems, indeed the people of our inner cities for years--

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