African American Quotations

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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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