Paule Marshall

Art is inseparable from life, and form and content are one.

Gordon Parks

Steep yourself in black history, but don’t stop there.  I love Duke Ellington and Count Basie, but I also listen to Bach and Beethoven.  Do not allow yourself to be trapped and snared in the limits set for you by someone else.

Julius Lester

Perhaps one of the writer’s tasks is to weave himself into others’ pain.

Cicely Tyson

I know that God did not put me on the face of this earth to bang on a typewriter for the rest of my life!

Walter F. White

Intolerance can grow only in the soil of ignorance: from its branches grow all manner of obstacles to human progress.

Ossie Davis

Material deprivation is horrible, but it does not compare to spiritual deprivation.

Gordon Parks

America is me.  It gave me the only life I know, so I must share in its survival.

Booker T. Washington

Character, not circumstances, makes the man.

Ralph J. Bunche

Hearts are the strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals.

Carl T. Rowan

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.


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