African American Quotations

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1797. Deny the existence of resistance [to slavery] and one negates the dynamic, the soul, the reality of history.

Herbert Aptheker, 1915- Historian

1798. In the act of resistance, the rudiments of freedom are already present.

Angela Davis, 1944- Militant activist

1799. The doctrine that submission to violence is the best cure for violence did not hold good as between slaves and overseers. He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

Frederick Douglass, 1817?-1895 Abolitionist and Autobiographer

1800. We refuse to allow the impression to remain that we assent to inferiority, are submissive under oppression, and apologize before insults.

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

1801. We both knew the end was near. You don't challenge the system like that without knowing the price to be paid.

Myrlie Evers-Williams NAACP official

1802. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Fannie Lou Hamer, 1917-1977 Civil rights activist

1803. My colored brethren, if you have not swords, I say to you, sell your garments and buy one. . . . They said that they cannot take us back to the South, but I say under the present law [Fugitive Slave Law of 1850] they can; and now I say unto you, let them only take your dead bodies.

John Jacobs National Urban League official


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