African American Quotations

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2055. In Africa you never say, "I am my brother's keeper." You just keep him.

John Henrik Clarke, 1915- Historian

2056. We come out of a collective society and are forced to live in an individual society.

John Henrik Clarke, 1915- Historian

2057. I am of the common herd.

Oscar De Priest, 1871-1951 U.S. Congressperson

2058. The only thing that links me to this land is my family, and the painful consciousness that here there are three million of my fellow creatures, groaning beneath the iron rod of the worst despotism that could be devised.

Frederick Douglass, 1817?-1895 Abolitionist and Autobiographer

2059. All of our Mercedes Benzes and Halston frocks will not hide our essential failure as a generation of black "haves" who did not protect the black future during our watch.

Marian Wright Edelman, 1939- Children's Defense Fund official

2060. What could be more absurd and ridiculous than that one group of individuals who are trying to throw off the yolk of oppression themselves, so as to get relief from conditions which handicap and injure them, should favor laws and customs which impede the progress of another unfortunate group and hinder them in every conceivable way.

Mary Church Terrell, 1863-1954 Women's club leader


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