African American Quotations

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2507. We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power towards good ends.

Mary McLeod Bethune, 1875-1955 Educator

2508. [Girls] want choices in life. They want to see themselves ... doing important things, being counted.

Julie Dash, 1952- Filmmaker

2509. Youth are looking for something; it's up to adults to show them what's worth emulating.

Jesse Jackson, 1941- Minister and Civil rights activist

2510. You are young, gifted, and black.

James Weldon Johnson, 1871-1938 Writer and Activist

2511. Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner were young men when they struck for freedom.

Paul Robeson, 1898-1976 Singer and Activist

2512. [Young African Americans are] a posse sent ahead to scout uncharted social and psychological domains. The posse may be killed, maimed, or wounded so that the rest of the society can occupy the social terrain that has been scouted with relative personal safety.

Timothy M. Simone Writer


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