Human Rights Day Quotes

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Aberjhani
“Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

Aberjhani
“History dressed up in the glow of love’s kiss turned grief into beauty.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war
“Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all.”
Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

Aberjhani
“Beneath the armor of skin/and/bone/and/mind
most of our colors are amazingly the same.”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

Aberjhani
“In the days when hyenas of hate suckle the babes of men, and jackals of hypocrisy pimp their mothers’ broken hearts, may children not look to demons of ignorance for hope.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was a manifestation of hope that humanity might one
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was a manifestation of hope that humanity might one day get out of its own way by finding the courage to realize that love and nonviolence are not indicators of weakness but gifts of significant strength.”
Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

Aberjhani
“The word 'survivor' carries a weight of remembrance that has broken the minds and bodies of more than a few men and women. It also contains a humbling light of recognition that compels many to do whatever they can to help reinforce the efforts of those who might be 'at risk' of not just giving up on their dreams, but of giving up on their continued existence.”
Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

Aberjhani
“Peace is not so much a political mandate as it is a shared state of consciousness that remains elevated and intact only to the degree that those who value it volunteer their existence as living examples of the same... Peace ends with the unraveling of individual hope and the emergence of the will to worship violence as a healer of private and social dis-ease.”
Aberjhani, The American Poet Who Went Home Again

Aberjhani
“What can bombs know of the illuminated fields so golden with heaven in your heart’s sacred lands?”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

Aberjhani
“In an age when nations and individuals routinely exchange murder for murder, when the healing grace of authentic spirituality is usurped by the divisive politics of religious organizations, and when broken hearts bleed pain in darkness without the relief of compassion, the voice of an exceptional poet producing exceptional work is not something the world can afford to dismiss.”
Aberjhani, The American Poet Who Went Home Again

It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so
“It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so increasingly necessary.”
Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

Death wins nothing here, gnawing wings that amputate–– then spread, lift up, fly.
“Death wins nothing here,
gnawing wings that amputate––
then spread, lift up, fly.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

Aberjhani
“Millions of tears have fallen for black sons, brothers, lovers, and friends whose assailants took or maimed their lives and then simply went on their way.”
Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

Aberjhani
“Before the thunderous clamor of political debate or war set loose in the world, love insisted on its promise for the possibility of human unity: between men and women, between blacks and whites, northerners and southerners, haves and have-have-nots, self and self.”
Aberjhani, The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois

Aberjhani
“Got just enough room to be a friend of yours. Oh I hope you got room to be a friend of mine.”
Aberjhani, Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player

Journey through the Power of the Rainbow represents a condensed compendium of literary efforts from
“Journey through the Power of the Rainbow represents a condensed compendium of literary efforts from a life dedicated to transforming the themes of injustice, grief, and despair that we all encounter during some unavoidable point of our existence into a sustainable life-affirming poetics of passionate creativity, empowered spiritual vision, and inspired commitment.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

In an age of bombs guzzling blood, skylarks merge peace with thought and action.
“In an age of bombs
guzzling blood, skylarks merge peace
with thought and action.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Aberjhani
“History is a hermaphrodite with many distinguished lovers. We are neither mysteries nor strangers but the living breath of revelation made flesh by the unrestrained desires of a free and universal love. Universal me. Universal you.”
--from Past Present and Future are One”
Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

Aberjhani
“As life in general constituted much pain in the form of struggles against poverty, disease, ignorance, and emotional anguish, what more civilized way for people to alleviate the same than by giving themselves to one another as brothers and sisters in deed as well as in word? A society of people hoping to become politically superior needed first to become spiritually valid.”
Aberjhani, The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois

Aberjhani
“It becomes more and more difficult to avoid the idea of black men as subjects of not just racial profiling but of an insidious form of racial obliteration sanctioned by silence.”
Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

Aberjhani
“The issue, perhaps, boils down to one of how perceptions or misperceptions of racial difference impact various individuals’, or groups of individuals’, experience of freedom in America. Some would argue that it goes beyond hampering their 'pursuit of happiness' to outright obliterating it.”
Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

Aberjhani
“The instinct to tell our children that they are better than someone else’s children, based on nothing more than the color of their skin, is now a fossilized aberration that serves no useful purpose.”
Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

Barbara Jordan
“We believe in equality for all, and privileges for none. This is a belief that each American regardless of background has equal standing in the public forum, all of us. Because we believe this idea so firmly, we are an inclusive, rather than an exclusive party. Let everybody come.”
Barbara Jordan, We Rise: Speeches by Inspirational Black Women

Shenita Etwaroo
“Torture is still being committed in secret in most part of the world even though it’s banned in two-thirds of the world’s countries. Too many governments still give chance to disappearance, murder or unlawful imprisonment to be exercised by their officials with impunity. If we really want to make the world a better place, these definitely has to stop.”
-Shenita Etwaroo”
Shenita Etwaroo

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