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Black people should have recognition for themselves
by Katherine Dunham

Black people should have recognition for themselves
and their backgrounds and their relationships with
other people in the world and thus lose some of their alienation.
This museum has certainly stood for that in this town.
- Katherine Dunham

Go within every day and find the inner strength
so that the world will not blow your candle out.
- Katherine Dunham

I really think that aside from admiring my talent you
really admire me as a person and as a woman.
- Katherine Dunham

My work has been much more Caribbean and eclectic.
I am interested in people, and where they come from
happens to have fallen within an area of Africa.
- Katherine Dunham

 

I could never live a nonproductive life and I feel
that I have lived a productive life as far as I want
to in terms of this company that I have for so many years.
- Katherine Dunham

Frequently producers have partners that they never
let the public know about.
- Katherine Dunham

You know, this isn't theatre like it used to be.
- Katherine Dunham

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I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone.
Now I want "She did it."
- Katherine Dunham

I have actually five honorary degrees.
- Katherine Dunham

I am happy to know that my husband regards me as a woman and a person.
- Katherine Dunham

I don't think Ed Sullivan had anything to do with Carib Song.
- Katherine Dunham

We had maybe the greatest success of any company that I know of in Paris,
and after two or three years I wanted to do this same
number that we did for PBS,
so we did it and Paris had always considered us their darlings.
- Katherine Dunham

Don't think you are going to go on forever because
you are not and begin to plan something that will compensate
as you reduce your capacities to leap or turn on this or that or the other,
begin thinking of something else.
- Katherine Dunham

I certainly feel my career was a great career because
it inspired so many many people,
literally hundreds of people to follow a new kind of
life and to realize that they could make out and advance
their own professional and private and social lives.
- Katherine Dunham

The older I grow the more I see the influence of my family on my life.
I didn't always see it.
It was up to our parents to see that we had our education
in a town that hadn't yet realized what racial prejudice
was but actually knew and practiced it on occasion.
- Katherine Dunham

Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets,
some of the mountains, rivers, streams,
etc.
were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti.
Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony,
a real ceremony.
- Katherine Dunham

Aside from a few master teachers that we have had over the years,
this has been a completely local talent development.
But people have started to come now from Chicago,
we have a number of students from Chicago and different
places of the country and even in the world.
- Katherine Dunham

I had certain physical limitations that made me change
the choreography for myself or made me more interested
in choreography only rather than dancing.
I have never been a person who wanted to just dance.
I have always been interested in developing for other people.
- Katherine Dunham

So many dancers paint.
I used to paint.
I started again recently.
While I was dancing, I was very busy with my career.
Start something else that makes use of your creative
ability because if you don't you will die inside as a person.
- Katherine Dunham

Sometimes I have given my husband a manuscript to read
that has turned out to have fantastic rave reviews
and he'll tell me it is no good.
Well, if I didn't know him as well as I know him I
would be terribly depressed.
- Katherine Dunham

We have a group of friends of the museum who try to raise,
if they can, periodically something to help us.
Of course, the main thing about a building like this is its upkeep.
It needs central heating and it needs central air conditioning.
- Katherine Dunham

For the kind of thing that we were showing,
the budget was sufficient.
As we were speaking of in Haiti, we had not done that
before in exactly this form and we had to have costumes for it.
- Katherine Dunham

We don't intend to always keep this necessarily African oriented.
Originally I had hoped to have African American Indian of this area,
and the Appalachian of this area, but at the same time,
just as we have the Haitian room, we will always have
room for another exhibit.
- Katherine Dunham

Without my husband's costumes I wouldn't have known
how to accomplish what I saw in my own mind's eyes for choreography.
And then seeing our choreography and knowing the background
of it I am sure helped my husband a great deal with what he designed for us.
- Katherine Dunham

A creative person has to create.
It doesn't really matter what you create.
If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could,
in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.
- Katherine Dunham

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

I wasn't always black...
there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.
- Bill Cosby

It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as
it is white is not all that's beautiful.
- Bill Cosby

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

We are all one whether we dine on corned beef in New York City,
black-eyed peas and cornbread in rural Louisiana,
or roast guinea pig in Peru.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hockey is a sport for white men.
Basketball is a sport for black men.
Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
- Tiger Woods

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

It was a black and white only computer at the time,
but it kept me fascinated.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark
cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there.
Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I've said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice.
Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts,
but I never noticed.
- B. B. King

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous.
Bricks to all greenhouses!
Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
- Edward Abbey

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out
there is white and the best golfer is black.
- Charles Barkley

Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot.
But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner.
He did it better.
- Leslie Fiedler

The savage repression of blacks, which can be estimated
by reading the obituary columns of the nation's dailies,
Fred Hampton, etc., has not failed to register on the black inmates.
- George Jackson

I'm not that interested in fashion...
When someone says that lime-green is the new black for this season,
you just want to tell them to get a life.
- Bruce Oldfield

The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through
my football life by the influences of various managers
means that in some ways I am black and white.
- Stuart Pearce

The American Race is marked by a brown complexion;
long,
black, lank hair; and deficient beard.
- Samuel George Morton

I'm against an all-white anything or an all-black anything.
- Charles Evers

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee,
and just as hard.
- Anne Spencer

It is my hope that as we commemorate Black History Month in the future,
we will continue to celebrate the many achievements
and rich culture of African-Americans.
- Eliot Engel

I realize that I'm black, but I like to be viewed as a person,
and this is everybody's wish.
- Michael Jordan

When they kept you out it was because you were black;
when they let you in,
it is because you are black.
That's progress?
- Marilyn French

If you're black in this country, if you're a woman in this country,
if you are any minority in this country at all,
what could possibly possess you to vote Republican?
- Cher

In 1975 I was among a group of blacks who formed the
Black Americans in Support of Israel Committee.
- David Dinkins

If O.J.
had been accused of killing his black wife,
you would not have seen the same passion stirred up.
- Al Sharpton

I'm hoping someday that some kid, black or white,
will hit more home runs than myself.
Whoever it is, I'd be pulling for him.
- Hank Aaron

It's really easy to get colors right.
It's really hard to get black - and neutrals -
right.
Black is certainly a color but it's also an illusion.
- Donna Karan

Black Sabbath was written on bass: I just walked into the studio and went,
bah, bah, bah, and everybody joined in and we just did it.
- Geezer Butler

There seems to be this sense among even well-meaning
Americans that Africa is this black hole of murder
and mutilation that can never be fixed,
no matter what aid is brought in.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

If there was no black man there would be no Rock'n'Roll.
The beat, the rhythms of Africa are what created Rock'n'Roll and Jazz.
- Ray Manzarek

We're not willing to give black leaders second chances because,
in most cases, we're not willing to give them first chances.
- Al Sharpton

We Negro writers, just by being black,
have been on the blacklist all our lives.
Censorship for us begins at the color line.
- Langston Hughes

Newman's second law: Just when things look darkest,
they go black.
- Paul Newman

I did have fun, for example, in The Black Hole which
was very popular among youngsters.
- Maximilian Schell

The black situation has changed.
They finally realized they're Americans.
- Leslie Fiedler

The myths that are created about the South,
about the way we grew up, about black people,
are wrong.
- Clarence Thomas

Me only have one ambition, y'know.
I only have one thing I really like to see happen.
I like to see mankind live together -
black,
white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.
- Bob Marley

Two people will never be President in my lifetime.
A woman and a black.
- Charles Evers

Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -
red,
yellow, brown, black and white - and we're all precious in God's sight.
- Jesse Brown

But it is a black man's game, and it will be forever.
- Larry Bird

Life isn't black and white.
It's a million gray areas, don't you find?
- Ridley Scott

There are those who believe Black people possess the
secret of joy and that it is this that will sustain
them through any spiritual or moral or physical devastation.
- Alice Walker

I love to unwind and watch movies, especially those
from the classic black-and-white era.
- Fred Savage


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