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    Wade Davis
    “The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being YOU: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”
    Wade Davis

  • #2
    Jane Addams
    “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
    Jane Addams

  • #3
    Jane Addams
    “Action is indeed the sole medium of expression for ethics. (U.S. Social Worker, 1860-1935)”
    Jane Addams

  • #4
    Maya Angelou
    “The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #5
    Maya Angelou
    “If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up--lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #6
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    “The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian--our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains. Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads. (G. Anzaldua Tejana Chicana poet, 1942- )”
    Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • #7
    Matthew Arnold
    “Choose equality.”
    Matthew Arnold

  • #8
    Toni Cade Bambara
    “The dream is real, my friends. The failure to make it work is the unreality.”
    Toni Cade Bambara

  • #9
    César Chávez
    “Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
    César Chávez

  • #10
    “In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism.”
    Shirley Chisholm

  • #11
    W.E.B. Du Bois
    “Herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor, — all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked, — who is good? not that men are ignorant, — what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.”
    W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

  • #12
    Barbara Ehrenreich
    “The "discovery" of poverty at the beginning of the 1960s was something like the "discovery" of America almost five hundred years earlier. In the case of each of these exotic terrains, plenty of people were on the site before the discoverers ever arrived.”
    Barbara Ehrenreich

  • #13
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #14
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #15
    Kahlil Gibran
    “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”
    Kahlil Gibran

  • #16
    Natalia Ginzburg
    “Every day silence harvests its victims. Silence is a mortal illness.”
    Natalia Ginzburg

  • #17
    Nikki Giovanni
    “I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility. (U.S. poet and writer, 1943- )”
    Nikki Giovanni

  • #18
    Emma Goldman
    “The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.(Russian-American Jewish lecturer and activist, 1869-1940)”
    Emma Goldman

  • #19
    Langston Hughes
    “There is no color line in death.”
    Langston Hughes

  • #20
    “It's funny how heterosexuals have lives and the rest of us have "lifestyles.”
    Sonia Johnson

  • #21
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #22
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “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.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #24
    Martha Manning
    “People say, "I have heart disease," not "I am heart disease." Somehow the presumption of a person's individuality is not compromised by those diagnostic labels. All the labels tell us is that the person has a specific challenge with which he or she struggles in a highly diverse life. But call someone "a schizophrenic" or "a borderline" and the shorthand has a way of closing the chapter on the person. It reduces a multifaceted human being to a diagnosis and lulls us into a false sense that those words tell us who the person is, rather than only telling us how the person suffers.”
    Martha Manning

  • #25
    Herman Melville
    “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
    Herman Melville

  • #28
    Rosa Parks
    “I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”
    Rosa Parks

  • #29
    “Accomplishments have no color.”
    Leontyne Price

  • #30
    “Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they do not know each other; they do not know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.”
    A. Philip Randolph

  • #31
    George Bernard Shaw
    “Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  • #32
    Thomas Sowell
    “Whenever someone refers to me as someone "who happens to be black," I wonder if they realize that both my parents are black. If I had turned out to be Scandinavian or Chinese, people would have wondered what was going on.”
    Thomas Sowell

  • #33
    Rabindranath Tagore
    “Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.”
    Rabindranath Tagore



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