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.

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Julius Lester

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

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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!

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Walter F. White

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

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Ossie Davis

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

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Gordon Parks

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

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Booker T. Washington

Character, not circumstances, makes the man.

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Ralph J. Bunche

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

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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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Angela Davis

In the act of resistance the rudiments of freedom are already present.

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