Quotes About African American Authors

Quotes tagged as "african-american-authors" (showing 1-30 of 81)
Jaachynma N.E. Agu
“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

Jaachynma N.E. Agu
“Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

Idowu Koyenikan
“Most people write me off when they see me.
They do not know my story.
They say I am just an African.
They judge me before they get to know me.
What they do not know is
The pride I have in the blood that runs through my veins;
The pride I have in my rich culture and the history of my people;
The pride I have in my strong family ties and the deep connection to my community;
The pride I have in the African music, African art, and African dance;
The pride I have in my name and the meaning behind it.
Just as my name has meaning, I too will live my life with meaning.
So you think I am nothing?
Don’t worry about what I am now,
For what I will be, I am gradually becoming.
I will raise my head high wherever I go
Because of my African pride,
And nobody will take that away from me.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

L.V. Lewis
“There is something immensely scary about putting yourself out there for people to love or hate you, fan or pan you, review or screw you.”
L.V. Lewis, Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

W.E.B. Du Bois
“The South believed an educated Negro to be a dangerous Negro. And the South was not wholly wrong; for education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent. Nevertheless, men strive to know.”
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

Carter G. Woodson
“Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.”
Carter G. Woodson

W.E.B. Du Bois
“It is not enough for the Negroes to declare that color-prejudice is the sole cause of their social condition, nor for the white South to reply that their social condition is the main cause of prejudice. They both act as reciprocal cause and effect, and a change in neither alone will bring the desired effect. Both must change, or neither can improve to any great extent."(p.88)...."Only by a union of intelligence and sympathy across the color-line in this critical period of the Republic shall justice and right triumph,”
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

Jean Toomer
“Call them from their houses, and teach them to dream.”
Jean Toomer, Cane

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Africa! Africa! Africa!
Africa my motherland!
Africa, your people cries for you!
Africans must educate their citizens.
Africans must reach out to it's people and empower them to build the nation.
Africans you are the only people who can liberated your citizens from poverty through education.
Africans must pay the price to rebuild the continent.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

John             Lewis
“I loved going to the library. It was the first time I ever saw Black newspapers and magazines like JET, Ebony, the Baltimore Afro-American, or the Chicago Defender. And I’ll never forget my librarian.”
John Lewis, March: Book One

Stephanie Rose Bird
“Once upon a time, we were Africans involved in a unique lexicon of beliefs, lore, stories, and customs that were designed to help integrate us into an environment filled with plants, animals, elements, and a complex array of spirits. With the advent of slavery, the physical bond with the motherland was broken, but like seeds lifted from a ripe plant by wind, we found fertile ground in distant lands elsewhere.”
Stephanie Rose Bird, Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo & Conjuring with Herbs

Raynetta Manees
“This book is dedicated to every woman who has ever felt self-conscious about her size. Outer beauty comes in all sizes, shapes, heights, ages, and colors. And inner beauty will always shine through, no matter what the packaging.”
Raynetta Manees, Fantasy

Zora Neale Hurston
“It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Clement Alexander Price
“Notwithstanding the memories of slavery, and in the face poverty, ignorance, terrorism, and subjugation still deeply woven into their lives, the embittered past of blacks was taken onto a much higher plane of intellectual and artistic consideration during the Renaissance.”
Clement Alexander Price, Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

Sunshine Taylor Reddick
“His voice took on a thick silkiness to it that made her want to press her body closer. “Octavia, you are welcome to touch any part of my body you wish. Just be careful of what you start. Once I lay claim to something, or someone, I will not part with it or them willingly.” - Kade Egon”
Sunshine Taylor Reddick, Octavia

N.D. Jones
“If I'm moving too fast or coming on too hard...”
N.D. Jones, Heat, Hunt, Hope

N.D. Jones
“You can take away my anger, my fear, my fury, even my pain, but I could never live with myself if I’m not the one to bring that demon to justice. You’re all the family I have left, Serwa, and I pledged myself to you when I was a man-child of twenty-one years. Now, as a man of centuries, that responsibility hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s only gotten stronger.”
N.D. Jones, Fire, Fury, Faith

Zora Neale Hurston
“He was a glance from God.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

N.D. Jones
“Have you come to terms with what’s going to happen between us?”
N.D. Jones, Heat, Hunt, Hope

Mildred D. Taylor
“Big Ma didn't need to say any more and she didn't. T.J. was far from her favorite person and it was quite obvious that Stacey and I owed our good fortune entirely to T.J.'s obnoxious personality.”
Mildred D. Taylor

Cathie Wright-Lewis
“Love Warriors embrace the battlefield at dawn, blaze the banner of hope til dusk then silently splash the waters of joy through our dreams at night.”
Cathie Wright-Lewis, Passion's Pride: Return to the Dawning

NoViolet Bulawayo
“Now when the men talk, their voices burn in the air, making smoke all over the place. We hear about change, about new country, about democracy, about elections and what-what.

They talk and talk, the men, lick their lips and look at the dead watches on their wrists and shake their heads and slap each other and laugh like they have swallowed thunder.”
NoViolet Bulawayo

Kiana Davis
“When their voices didn't reach my ears,
I rebelled against my own skin
too young to realize that without their
stories I would starve.”
Kiana Davis, Digging For Roots

Abiola Abrams
“Loving ourselves is a revolutionary act!”
Abiola Abrams, The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love

N.D. Jones
“Do you feel it? The connection between us? The pull? The power of our link?”
N.D. Jones, Heat, Hunt, Hope

Octavia E. Butler
“Well, writing was what I wanted to do, it was always what I wanted to do. I had novels to write so I wrote them.”
Octavia E. Butler

Hazel V. Carby
“The objective of stereotypes is not to reflect or represent a reality but to function as a disguise, or mystification, of objective social relations.”
Hazel V. Carby, Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist

Lorene Cary
“I had not expected the gentle, tentative surge of gratitude I began to feel...for St. Paul's School, the spring, and the early morning. I needed the morning light and the warbling birds. I needed to find a way to live in this place for a moment and get the good of it. I had tried to hold myself apart, and the aloneness proved more terrible than what I had tried to escape.”
Lorene Cary, Black Ice

Raynetta Manees
“Everything in life has its price, and often the heaviest prices we pay are not in terms of money.”
Raynetta Manees, All for Love

Terrence LeRoy Baker
“You will never finish your novels if you don't take it one word at a time”
Terrence LeRoy Baker, The Son of the Streets

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