African American Quotations

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REVOLUTION
1814. We have the longest revolutionary heritage of any people on the face of the earth.

John Henrik Clarke, 1915- Historian

1815. We need a revolution inside of our own minds.

John Henrik Clarke, 1915- Historian

1816. The French Revolution did not spread from France to the West Indies, but from the West Indies to France.

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

1817. We are not born revolutionaries. Revolutionaries are forged through constant struggle and the study of revolutionary ideas and experiences.

James Forman, 1929-? Civil rights activist

1818. If they take my life, it won't stop the revolution.

Nikki Giovanni, 1943- Poet

1819. You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.

Fred Hampton, 1948-1969 Black Panther Party leader

1820. The problem is we have to find some way . . . to encourage the white liberal to stop being a liberal--and become an American radical. . . . The conditions of our people dictate what can only be called revolutionary attitudes.

Lorraine Hansberry, 1930-1965 Dramatist

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