By Richard Newman
This large number of African American quotations is the 1st of its sort to be equipped by way of topic region for ease of reference. greater than 2,500 quotations from over 500 people are integrated, taken from issues in background starting from early American payment to the current. The assets for those expressions of freedom, wish, survival, and energy contain such striking figures as George Washington Carver, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Jesse Jackson, Mary McLeod Bethune, James Baldwin, Oprah Winfrey, and Alice Walker.
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The artist is the voice of the people. An artist deals with aspects of reality different from those which a scientist sees. But I must also report my own shortcomings to Allah. A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still like to see the original. The problem with most debates about authenticity, of course, is that they ignore the bewildering variety of expressions that characterize contemporary black culture. I am black but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem. I am beautiful. When I was a child, it did not occur to me, even once, that the black in which I was encased (I called it brown in those days) would be considered, one day, beautiful.
You are the ancient builders of civilization, Before there was civilization, you were there, and when civilization was built, your fathers built it. Teach your children they are direct descendants of the greatest and proudest race who ever peopled the earth. With some of us, militancy against discrimination and racial indignity is a heritage from our forebears. Especially the old ones that know us and have gone on before—the ancestors. To believe is to become what you believe. We, as their successors, must catch the torch of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors.
I have dashed across continents and oceans as a fugitive, and have matched my wits with the police and secret agents seeking to deprive me of one of the greatest blessings man can have—liberty. To be a Negro in America is to hope against hope. The country's creating a 51st state—the state of denial. Black spirits contained like magnificent birds of wonder. Being black has made me sensitive to any group who finds limitations put on it. But no one was going to offer me a job. I could have easily been the victim of mistaken identity or an act of terror by hatefilled white men.