Black History Quotes

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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

Malcolm X
“When Pope Pius XII died, LIFE magazine carried a picture of him in his private study kneeling before a black Christ. What was the source of their information? All white people who have studied history and geography know that Christ was a black man. Only the poor, brainwashed American Negro has been made to believe that Christ was white, to maneuver him into worshiping the white man. After becoming a Muslim in prison, I read almost everything I could put my hands on in the prison library. I began to think back on everything I had read and especially with the histories, I realized that nearly all of them read by the general public have been made into white histories. I found out that the history-whitening process either had left out great things that black men had done, or some of the great black men had gotten whitened.”
Malcolm X

“All blood runs red.”
Phrase painted on the side of the plane flown by Eugene Bullard in World War I the first black comba

“Antiblack violencein Chicago was common since at least the 189-s, when blacks were brought in as strikebreakers. The violence grew with the black population. In the two years leading up to mid-July 1919, whhites bombed more than twenty-five homes and properties owned by blacks in white areas...One bombing killed a little girl...The police never arrested anyone, infuriating blacks.”
Cameron McWhirter

“Canceled checks will be to future historians and cultural anthropologists what the Dead Sea Scrolls and hieroglyphics are to us.”
Brent Staples

“The abolition of slavery, apart from preservation of the Union, was the most important result of our Civil War. But the transition was badly handled. Slaves were simply declared free and then left to their own devises. Southern Negroes, powerless, continued to be underprivileged in education, medical care, job opportunities and political status.”
William Silverman

Amy Hill Hearth
“Their story, as the Delany sisters like to say, is not meant as "black" or "women's" history, but American history. It belongs to all of us. (From the Preface of "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years)”
Amy Hill Hearth

Julie Berry
“Here is a new musical phenomenon. Not songs written for black musicians by white composers. Not humiliating parodies that grope for a laugh, joking at the black singers' expense. Black composers and lyricists, black musicians excellent in their own right. Not merely excellent, but daring and vibrant and wholly original.”
Julie Berry, Lovely War

James Baldwin
“But I am really saying something very simple. The will of the people, or the state, is revealed by the state's institutions. There was not, then, nor is there, now, a single American institution, which is not a racist institution. And racist institutions - the unions, for one example, the Church, for another, and the Army - or the military - for yet another, are meant to keep the nigger in his place. Yes: we have lived through tokens and concessions but white power remains white. And what it appears to surrender with one hand it obsessively clutches in the other.”
James Baldwin, Dark Days

Assata Shakur
“Anybody, no matter who they were, could come right off the boat and get more rights and respect than amerikan-born Blacks.”
Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

Mikki Kendall
“When white feminism ignores history, ignores that the tears of white women have the power to get Black people killed while insisting that all women are on the same side, it doesn't solve anything. Look at Carolyn Bryant, who lied about Emmett Till whistling at her in 1955. Despite knowing who had killed him, and that he was innocent of even the casual disrespect she had claimed, she carried on with the lie for another fifty years after his lynching and death”
Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Abhijit Naskar
“If we go back long enough, every single person on earth comes from a black mother. That makes all of us black, even if some look less black than others.”
Abhijit Naskar, Martyr Meets World: To Solve The Hard Problem of Inhumanity

Dionne Brand
“Having no name to call on was having no past; having no past pointed to the fissure between the past and the present. That fissure is represented in the Door of No Return: that place where our ancestors departed one world for another; the Old World for the New. The place where all names were forgotten and all beginnings recast.”
Dionne Brand, A Map to the Door of No Return

Deborah Hopkinson
“At Harvard, so the story goes, one of Carter's professors said that Black people had no history.

Carter remembered his father's pride, his mother's courage, and Oliver's determination to learn. He remembered reading the newspaper.

Carter spoke up. "No people lacked a history," he said. The professor challenged Carter to prove him wrong.

For the rest of his life, Carter did just that.”
Deborah Hopkinson, Carter Reads the Newspaper

Abhijit Naskar
“Our stars and stripes have a lot of stains on it, and it'll take centuries of determined accountability to clean them off.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

“They are willing to make almost any sacrifice to obtain a railroad ticket, and they left with the intention of staying.”
Emmett J. Scott

“Our fellow brothers and sisters are physical free, but psychological are still slaved and colonized . That is why they always treat, serve, respect and address black and white people differently.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Abhijit Naskar
“Let me tell you here and now as a black person, we don't expect charity, we just expect the trust and dignity, to which the white person is entitled in this world by default.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Saidiya Hartman
“One of the things I think is true, which is a way of thinking about the afterlife of slavery in regard to how we inhabit historical time, is the sense of temporal entanglement, where the past, the present and the future, are not discrete and cut off from one another, but rather that we live the simultaneity of that entanglement. This is almost common sense to Black folk. How does one narrate that?”
Saidiya Hartman

Abhijit Naskar
“When we talk about the history of America, Black history is American history.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“In fact, just for the sake of understanding, if we measure the amount of blood and sweat that actually went into the making of America, we’d find that the contributions of the blacks far outweigh the contributions of the whites!”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“White supremacy is not a human right, it's a human rights violation, and by allowing a school to keep black history out of their curriculum, a government only perpetuates white supremacy, hence it perpetuates a human rights violation.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“When you come down to the ground of humanity from your pedestal of intellect, then you realize that though white Americans received independence from British occupation on July 4th, 1776, it meant nothing as to the fate of the Black Americans, for they still continued to suffer as slaves officially until the declaration of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863, and somewhat unofficially till Juneteenth, that is, June 19th, 1866. I say somewhat unofficially because, it ought to be clear to anybody with half a brain by now that, slavery didn’t actually end either with Emancipation Proclamation or on Juneteenth, it morphed into racism.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

“That is to say, 'forget the color line, consider a reader a reader, and cut out other such nonsense.”
Annie L. McPheeters, Library Service in Black and W

“Third, there was little or no opportunity for professional meetings and contact within the system since the local, state, and regional associations were not open to them for visitation or membership. Fourth, before the opening of the Hampton Institute School of Library Service in 1925, professional library school training for blacks had to be obtained outside the region.”
Annie L. McPheeters, Library Service in Black and W

“We know our own people; we know each teacher by name; we know the minister, the doctor, the lawyer, the merchant and most of the others who frequent our libraries. Those of another race cannot know our wants, our habits, our likes and our dislikes as we do...However much they might try it would be impossible for them to give us the service that one of our own race can give in an atmosphere where service and freedom are the predominant elements; and this is surely the condition in the colored branches in Louisville.”
Annie L. McPheeters, Library Service in Black and W

N.K. Aning
“I wish you would feel how our ancestors felt as they were handed off from their families and put in dungeons and tortured. Some raped and killed.”
N.K. Aning, The Agony of a Slave

Mikki Kendall
“It's easy to blame the patriarchy, to rightfully point at the men who rape and hold them accountable. What's harder is to notice the women who sometimes passively direct rapists toward their victims by contributing to the hypersexualization of women of color under the guise of empowerment... Feminist white women who think "sexy Pocahontas" is an empowering look instead of lingering fetishization of the rape of a child. The same imagery they claim to find sexually empowering is rooted in the myth of white women's purity and every other woman's sexual availability.”
Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

“your novels.
the classic novels of a minutia. i have no interest in.
pale. in comparison to the novels of my world.
the novel of my mother.
the novels of my grandparents.
the articulate novels of how my people walk down a street.
the novels i have been reading my whole life.
— classic”
Nayyirah Waheed, Nejma

“In his famous sermon, "De Sun Do Move, de Earth Am Squared," Jasper said, "I take my stand by de Bible and rest my case on what it says. I take what de Lord says bout my sins, bout my Saviour, bout life, bout death, bout de world to come and I take what de Lord say bout de sun and moon and I cares little what de haters of my God chooses to say.”
Henry Lewis Gates, Jr.

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