For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
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.
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 time is always right to do what is right.
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.
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.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Unconditional love will have the final word in reality.
I refuse to accept the view . . . that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
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.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as dearly as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
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