Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
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.
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.
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.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
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.'
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave
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.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
Hate is too great a burden to bear....
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
The time is always right to do what is right.
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