African American Quotations

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SELFISHNESS
1977. We are so selfish we spoil everything we do.

Lemuel Haynes, 1753-1833 Minister and Writer

1978. Man is terribly selfish, and he will take his chances for keeping things as they are in his favor rather than yield to any sacrifice of his position as an exploiter and self-styled superior of his victims.

Carter G. Woodson, 1875-1950 Historian


SEPARATION
1979. Segregation is no longer the law, but too often separation is still the rule. And we cannot forget one stubborn fact that has not yet been said as clearly as it should: there is still discrimination in America.

Bill Clinton, 1946- U.S. President

1980. That separateness led to inequality was the great theme of the civil rights era. That inequality leads to separateness is the unavoidable conclusion of its aftermath.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., 1950- Scholar and Critic

1981. When people ask why a separate black [lawyers'] organization is needed at this late date, the answer is simple. It's not that late.

Thurgood Marshall, 1908-1993 U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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