African American Quotations

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1847. You cannot belong to anyone else until you belong to yourself.

Pearl Bailey, 1918-1990 Entertainer

1848. Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you must do is put it on your head.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

1849. I would like to be finished with shame, to know that I love myself and my own people.

Toi Derricotte, 1941- Writer

1850. Be as you are and hope that it's right.

Dizzy Gillespie (John Birks Gillespie), 1917-1993 Jazz musician

1851. We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 Poet and Writer

1852. I am somebody!

Jesse Jackson, 1941- Minister and Civil rights activist

1853. I have simply tried never to forget the soil from which I sprang.

Paul Robeson, 1898-1976 Singer and Activist


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