You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.
If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander.
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.'
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you.
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.
In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
Hate is too great a burden to bear....
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
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