African American Quotations

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1885. I brought to Shakespeare, Bach, Rembrandt, to the stones of Paris, to the cathedral at Chartres, and to the Empire State Building, a special attitude. These were not really my creations, they did not contain my history; I might search in them in vain forever for any reflection of myself I was an interloper; this was not my heritage.

James Baldwin, 1934-1987 Writer and Activist

1886. In America, the color of my skin had stood between myself and me.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

1887. Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice.

Alice Childress, 1920-1994 Writer

1888. Don't ever forget that we are aware of the universal misery of our time and world and are trying in our various ways to contribute that which is relatively sane.

Beauford Delaney, 1902?-1979 Painter

1889. Herein lies the tragedy of the age; not that men are poor ... not that men are wicked ... but that men know so little of men.

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

1890. I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming

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