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African American Famous Quotes

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African American Famous Quotes 1-5

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When a man angers you, he conquers you. ~Toni Morrison

The friend of a fool is a fool. The friend of a wise person is another wise person. ~The Husia

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali

If you can't bear no crosses, you can't wear no crown. ~African-American Spiritual

African American Famous Quotes 6-10

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

This life is not real. I conquered the world and it did not bring me satisfaction. ~Muhammad Ali

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. ~Colin Powell

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. ~Steven Biko

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. ~Michael Jordan

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Sometimes I amaze myself. I say this humbly. ~Don King

We cannot silence the voices that we do not like hearing. We can, however, do everything in our power to make certain that other voices are heard. ~Deborah Prothrow-Stith

Africa, my Africa.....I have never known you, but my face is full of your blood. ~David Diop

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." ~Barbara Jordan

Do not hurl a lance if you cannot aim correctly. ~The Husia

African American Famous Quotes 16-20

Racism systematically verifies itself anytime the slave can only be free by imitating his master. ~Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)

It's not what you call us, but what we answer to that matters. ~Djuka

Light has come into the world, and every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The great challenge is to prepare ourselves to enter these doors of opportunity. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

African American Famous Quotes 21-25

Racism is a contempt for life, an arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I was a drum major for justice. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

African American Famous Quotes 26-30

There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.....I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence as a practical way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.....It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love..... ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing” ~James Brown

African American Famous Quotes 31-35

“When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don't go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it.” ~James Brown

“I taught them everything they know, but not everything I know.” ~James Brown

“Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.” ~James Brown

“It doesn't matter how you travel it, it's the same road. It doesn't get any easier when you get bigger, it gets harder. And it will kill you if you let it.” ~James Brown

“… I'm not going to be joining ZZ Top. You know they can't play my stuff. It's too complicated.” ~James Brown

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