African American Quotations

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2234. We must change in order to survive.

Pearl Bailey, 1918-1990 Entertainer

2235. It's impossible to cat enough if you're worried about the next meal.

James Baldwin, 1924-1987 Writer and Activist

2236. I did what I had to do.

Hattie McDaniel, 1895-1952 Actor

2237. I sell the shadow to support the substance.

Sojourner Truth, 1797?-1883 Abolitionist and Women's rights advocate

2238. I was a tough child. I was too large and too poor to fit, and I fought back.

Ethel Waters, 1896?-1977 Singer and Actor

2239. The major enemy of black survival in America has been and is neither oppression nor exploitation but rather the nihilistic threat--that is, loss of hope and absence of meaning. For as long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive.

Cornel West, 1954- Philosopher and Activist

2240. The Negro race, like all races, is going to be saved by its exceptional men.

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


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