African American Quotations

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1804. Negroes have straightened their backs in Albany [ Georgia] and once a man straightens his back you can't ride him anymore.

Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968 Civil rights activist and Nobel laureate

1805. If we must die--let it not be like hogs / Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot.

Claude McKay, 1889-1948 Writer

1806. I ask you, had you not rather be killed than be a slave to a tyrant, who takes the life of your mother, wife, and dear little children?

David Walker, 1785-1830 Abolitionist

1807. I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as dearly as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit.

Ida B. Wells, 1862-1931 Militant activist


RESPECT
1808. I had to fight hard against loneliness, abuse, and the knowledge that any mistake I made would be magnified because I was the only black man out there. Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.

Jackie Robinson, 1919-1972 Baseball star

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