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.
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all.
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.'
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
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.
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
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 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 have been waiting for
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
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.
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.
You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
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 don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
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