African American Quotations

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even as matters reached a crisis stage. . . . For years, they have been crying out for help. For years, their cries have not been heard.

Maxine Waters, 1938- Politician

1761. [At Martin Luther King's assassination], the first time since the Civil War, the United States government had to bring out the National Guard to protect the White House.

Cornel West, 1954- Philosopher and Activist


RECONSTRUCTION
1762. The unending tragedy of Reconstruction is the utter inability of the American mind to grasp its real significance, its national and worldwide implications. It was vain for [Sen. Charles] Sumner and [Rep. Thaddeous] Stevens to hammer in the ears of the people that this problem involved the very foundations of American democracy, both political and economic.

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

1763. It is a heritage of which they would be proud to know how their fathers and grandfathers handled their brief day of power during the Reconstruction period.

Ida B. Wells, 1862-1931 Militant activist

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