You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
The time is always right to do what is right.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
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.
Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
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.
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.
Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
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.
Each person must live their life as a model for others.
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