African American Quotations

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2397. Cultivate the oratorical. Do it diligently and with purpose, remembering that it is by the exercise of this weapon perhaps more than any other that America is to be made a free land, not in name only, but in deed and truth.

William Grant Allen

2398. Transforming words were placed in the mouths of folk poets from the earliest times in America.

Molefi Asante, 1942- Educator

2399. I cross out words so you will see them more. The fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.

Joan-Michel Basquiat, 1960-1988 Graffiti-inspired artist

2400. I still do feel that a poet has a duty to words, and that words can do wonderful things, and it's too bad to just let them lie there without doing anything with and for them.

Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917- Poet

2401. Words are your business, boy. Not just the Word. Words are everything. The key to the Rock, the answer to the Question.

Ralph Ellison, 1914-1994 Novelist

2402. One of the most effective ways to keep a people enslaved, in a scientific and technical state which is dependent upon a relatively high rate of literacy, is to create in that people a disrespect and fear of the written and spoken word.

Haki Madhubuti, 1942- Poet


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