By Richard Newman
This vast selection of African American quotations is the 1st of its variety to be prepared by means of topic zone for ease of reference. greater than 2,500 quotations from over 500 people are incorporated, taken from issues in heritage starting from early American cost to the current. The assets for those expressions of freedom, desire, survival, and power comprise such impressive figures as George Washington Carver, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Jesse Jackson, Mary McLeod Bethune, James Baldwin, Oprah Winfrey, and Alice Walker.
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They want an America as good as its promise. It is a sad thing to consider that this country has given its least to those who have loved it the most. The Negro was invented in America. How many must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society? That "but" is a commentary of 200 and more years of chattel slavery and on 20 million Negro men and women deprived of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America is essentially a dream, a dream as yet unfulfilled. Some of us must bear the burden of trying to save the soul of America.
Step outside yourself, then look back, and you will see how human, yet how beautiful and black you are, how very black, even when you're integrated. We know that we are beautiful. Art must discover and reveal the beauty which prejudice and caricature have overlaid. It is usually pale, blonde, and a size seven. They think because they holds us in their infernal chains of slavery, that we wish to be white, or of their color—but they are dreadfully deceived—we wish to be just as it pleased our Creator to have made us.
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I am going to stay and have a piece of it just like you. America is not a safe place. Descended from a royal race / Benevolent and brave / On Afric's savage plains a prince / In this free land a slave. She is indeed a seller of slaves and the souls of men. The United States is the most racially organized society in the Americas. I could never live happily in Africa—or anywhere else—until I could live freely in Mississippi.