African American Quotations

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1873. He [ James Baldwin's stepfather] claimed to be proud of his blackness, but it had also been the cause of much humiliation and it had fixed bleak boundaries to his life.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

1874. My life, my real life, was in danger, and not from anything other people might do but from the hatred I carried in my own heart.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

1875. Who among us has not at some point in time succumbed to the propaganda, looked in a mirror, and felt ourselves to be wanting?

Marcia Ann Gillespie, 1940- Editor

1876. We must take control of ourselves and come out of our own black racism. We must believe in ourselves, in our God, to lead us out of this forest where they are performing genocide.

Nettie Jones, 1941- Writer

1877. Black on black crime is the result of self-hatred. Self-hatred is a result of our oppression. We can't get back at the folks who oppress us so we attack ourselves.

Joseph Lowery, 1924- Civil rights activist

1878. The Negro wants to be a white man. He processes his hair. Acts like a white man. He wants to integrate with the white man, but he cannot integrate with himself or his own mind.

Elijah Muhammad, 1897-1975 Nation of Islam leader


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