African American Quotations

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SELF-CONFIDENCE
1865. Unless we start to believe in ourselves, we will never convince anyone to believe in us. It is time to believe in ourselves, it is time to start believing in Africa.

Ronald H. Brown, 1941-1997 Politician

1866. I need to keep thinking and analyzing, and have that transformed onto a piece of paper. Besides, if we as African American women don't write our own books, then other folks will continue to define us.

Johnnetta Cole, 1936- Educator

1867. If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.

Marcus Garvey, 1887-1940 Nationalist leader

1868. I made a lot of mistakes out of the ring, but I never made any in it.

Jack Johnson, 1873-1946 Boxing champion

1869. If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.

Carl Lewis, 1961- Olympic track star

1870. Literary societies provided the literal and psychological space where their membership might develop the confidence to speak for themselves rather than be spoken for.

Elizabeth McHenry Scholar

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Quotations 1
  • Achievement 3
  • Adversity 9
  • Action 9
  • Action 20
  • African Continuity 21
  • Afrocentrism 22
  • Age 22
  • Alienation 23
  • Ambition 23
  • America 24
  • Ancestors 35
  • Anger 37
  • Answers 37
  • Antislavery 37
  • Art 38
  • Artists 45
  • Atonement 48
  • Authenticity 48
  • Awareness 49
  • Beauty of Blackness 49
  • Beauty of Blackness 49
  • Capitalism 70
  • Challenge 70
  • Change 71
  • Chaos 72
  • Character 72
  • Children 73
  • Christianity 76
  • Church 78
  • Church 77
  • Colonialism 84
  • Color 85
  • Community 87
  • Community 86
  • Community 86
  • Creativity 97
  • Culture 98
  • Dance 99
  • Daring 100
  • Death 101
  • Decisions 103
  • Declaration of Independence 103
  • Defeat 103
  • Degradation 103
  • Democracy 104
  • Desegregation 106
  • Despair 106
  • Destiny 107
  • Dignity 107
  • Direction 108
  • Discipline 108
  • Discrimination 109
  • Dissent 109
  • Diversity 109
  • Employment 131
  • Encouragement 131
  • Endurance 131
  • Entrepreneurship 131
  • Equality 132
  • Ethnicity 133
  • Evil 134
  • Expectations 135
  • Experience 135
  • Exploitation 135
  • Failure 136
  • Faith 136
  • Fear 140
  • Fightin6 141
  • Folk Sayings 141
  • Folklore 143
  • Fourth of July 143
  • Freedom 144
  • Friends 150
  • Future 150
  • Gays and Lesbians 152
  • Gender 153
  • Gender 153
  • Gender 153
  • Gender 153
  • Happiness 166
  • Harlem 167
  • Healing 171
  • Health 171
  • Heaven 172
  • Heaven 172
  • Heaven 173
  • Heaven 174
  • Heaven 174
  • Heaven 179
  • Humanism 181
  • Humanity 182
  • Humanity 187
  • Humanity 190
  • Humanity 191
  • Humanity 194
  • Jazz 197
  • Justice 200
  • Keeping On 202
  • Knowledge 202
  • Labor 203
  • Language 203
  • Living 216
  • Mental Slavery 226
  • Middle Passage 226
  • Militancy 226
  • Mind 227
  • Misery 227
  • Mistakes 228
  • Money 228
  • Motown Sound 231
  • Multiculturalism 231
  • Music 231
  • Names 236
  • Nationhood 237
  • Nonviolence 238
  • Opportunity 238
  • Peace 245
  • Perseverance 246
  • Pluralism 246
  • Poetry 247
  • Poets 248
  • Politics 248
  • Prejudice 257
  • Pride 257
  • Prison 258
  • Progress 259
  • Public Life 262
  • Punishment 262
  • Purpose 262
  • Purpose 263
  • Race Consciousness 266
  • Race Ride 267
  • Race Relations 267
  • Radicalism 274
  • Ragtime 274
  • Rap 275
  • Rape 276
  • Reading 276
  • Reading 278
  • Rebellion 280
  • Reconstruction 281
  • Reform 282
  • Relationships 282
  • Religion 283
  • Reparations 286
  • Resistance 287
  • Respect 288
  • Responsibility 289
  • Retribution 289
  • Revolution 290
  • Rights 292
  • Rock 'N' Roll 293
  • Role Models 293
  • Satisfaction 295
  • Schools 295
  • Segregation 295
  • Self-Acceptance 296
  • Self-Actualization 297
  • Self-Affirmation 297
  • Self-Confidence 299
  • Self-Consciousness 300
  • Self-Definition 300
  • Self-Determination 300
  • Self-Expression 300
  • Self-Fulfillment 300
  • Self-Hate 301
  • Self-Help 302
  • Self-Identity 303
  • Self-Knowledge 303
  • Self-Reflection 312
  • Self-Knowledge 312
  • Selfishness 317
  • Separation 317
  • Slavery 323
  • Solidarity 329
  • Soul 330
  • Strategy 345
  • Strength 345
  • Stress 345
  • Success 351
  • Suffering 353
  • Survival 353
  • Survival 354
  • Theater 355
  • Thinking 356
  • Survival 356
  • Trouble 358
  • Truth 358
  • Underground Railroad 361
  • Unity 361
  • Violence 367
  • Virtue 367
  • Vision 368
  • Voting 369
  • War 369
  • Words 380
  • Words to Live By 381
  • Youth 395
  • Indexes 397
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