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Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people,
by Carter G. Woodson

Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people,
taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere,
withdrew their deposits.
- Carter G. Woodson

In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give
the majority what they want rather than educate them
to understand what is best for them.
- Carter G. Woodson

If the white man wants to hold on to it,
let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able,
should develop and carry out a program of his own.
- Carter G. Woodson

The thought of' the inferiority of the Negro is drilled
into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.
- Carter G. Woodson

 

The mere imparting of information is not education.
- Carter G. Woodson

If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere,
and the present discrimination continues,
there will be nothing left for them to do.
- Carter G. Woodson

If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by
the hand that pushes him into the ghetto,
he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.
- Carter G. Woodson

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The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the
finishing touches of our best colleges are all but
worthless in the development of their people.
- Carter G. Woodson

When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.
- Carter G. Woodson

The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax,
and as such every individual of the social order should
be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.
- Carter G. Woodson

I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.
- Carter G. Woodson

I am a radical.
- Carter G. Woodson

This crusade is much more important than the anti-
lynching movement,
because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.
- Carter G. Woodson

Those who have no record of what their forebears have
accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from
the teaching of biography and history.
- Carter G. Woodson

Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they
must be convinced of their inferiority.
- Carter G. Woodson

In fact, the confidence of the people is worth more than money.
- Carter G. Woodson

If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the
failure of the Negro in government.
It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery.
- Carter G. Woodson

The strongest bank in the United States will last only
so long as the people will have sufficient confidence
in it to keep their money there.
- Carter G. Woodson

In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.
- Carter G. Woodson

I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen.
In fact, I should welcome such a law suit.
- Carter G. Woodson

One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation
and denounced the abolitionists.
- Carter G. Woodson

Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied
opportunities for development are naturally afraid
of anything that sounds like discrimination.
- Carter G. Woodson

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition,
it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world,
and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
- Carter G. Woodson

And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching
development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.
- Carter G. Woodson

The different ness of races, moreover,
is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority.
This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts
which the others do not possess.
- Carter G. Woodson

Our most widely known scholars have been trained in
universities outside of the South.
- Carter G. Woodson

Let us banish fear.
- Carter G. Woodson

We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation,
but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.
- Carter G. Woodson

They still have some money, and they have needs to supply.
They must begin immediately to pool their earnings
and organize industries to participate in supplying
social and economic demands.
- Carter G. Woodson

This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto,
then, must not be confined to matters of religion,
education, and social uplift; it must deal with such
fundamental forces in life as make these things possible.
- Carter G. Woodson

The so-called modern education, with all its defects,
however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro,
because it has been worked out in conformity to the
needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.
- Carter G. Woodson

As another has well said, to handicap a student by
teaching him that his black face is a curse and that
his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is
the worst sort of lynching.
- Carter G. Woodson

The Negroes are facing the alternative of rising in
the sphere of production to supply their proportion
of the manufacturers and merchants or of going down
to the graves of paupers.
- Carter G. Woodson

I believe the Negro blood counts, and counts to my advantage -
though it has caused me at times a life of great humiliation and sorrow.
- Henry Ossawa Tanner

You've got to appreciate the things that come from
the art of the Negro and from the heart of the man farthest down.
- William Christopher Handy

A whole generation of young whites have involved themselves
with traditional Negro music.
- Archie Shepp

Slavery is not the only question which comes up in this controversy.
There is a far more important one to you,
and that is, what shall be done with the free negro?
- Stephen Douglas

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when
the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when
the negro woman is the accusing party.
- Ida B. Wells

Rap actually took root in the Negro community,
and then in the Hispanic community, long before it
impacted on the larger American community as a whole.
- Archie Shepp

If I can do one hundredth part for the Indian that Mrs.
Stowe did for the Negro, I will be thankful.
- Helen Hunt Jackson

Washington shows the Negro not only at his best,
but also at his worst.
- James Weldon Johnson

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent
will not pass until there is
an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have never seen any good resulting from educating the Negro.
- Henry Carter Stuart

Du Bois marked a great stage in the history of Negro
struggles when he said that Negroes could no longer
accept the subordination which Booker T. Washington had preached.
- C. L. R. James

And no book gives a deeper insight into the inner life of the Negro,
his struggles and his aspirations, than,
The Souls of Black Folk.
- Ray Stannard Baker

The negro has suffered far more from the commission
of this crime against the women of his race by white
men than the white race has ever suffered through his crimes.
- Ida B. Wells

I was bred as an outcast, part Negro and part Seminole,
in my early years raised as an Indian.
- Willie Stargell

Would it be better if I'd married a Negro woman? Would
they treat my child any better? Erect fewer barriers?
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I had advocated the establishment of a Negro industrial commission.
I had gestured against the growth of monopoly power.
I had introduced a few civil rights bills.
- Emanuel Celler

When our thoughts - which bring actions -
are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white,
we are in a living hell.
That is as real as hell will ever be.
- George Washington Carver

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro
boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.
- Mary McLeod Bethune

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers,
we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy
and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
- Stanley Crouch

I think America concedes that true American music has sprung from the Negro.
- William Christopher Handy

I am not the world's greatest Negro violinist.
I am the greatest violinist in the world!
- Will M. Cook

Washington, D.C.
in 1942 was not the easiest place in the world for a Negro to get along.
- Gordon Parks

A Negro woman has the same kind of problems as other women,
but she can't take the same things for granted.
- Dorothy Height

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted
in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same
trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
- Mahalia Jackson

The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken
as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro
family structure over the past generation in the United States.
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

An American, a Negro...
two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings;
two warring ideals in one dark body,
whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned.
The whole world is my province until Africa is free.
- Marcus Garvey

If any man claims the Negro should be content...
let him say he would willingly change the color of
his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city.
Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
- Robert Kennedy

Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a
class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years,
and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively
conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
- James A. Baldwin

The whites come to applaud a Negro performer just like the colored do.
When you've got the respect of white and colored,
you can ease a lot of things.
- Nat King Cole

Northern white people love the Negro in a sort of abstract way,
as a race; through a sense of justice,
charity, and philanthropy, they will liberally assist in his elevation.
- James Weldon Johnson

The Negro revolution is controlled by foxy white liberals,
by the Government itself.
But the Black Revolution is controlled only by God.
- Malcolm X

If I could find a white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel,
I could make a billion dollars.
- Sam Phillips

I am viewed as the Negro who has gone outside of the
categories assigned to me.
- Anthony Braxton

But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish
desire to voice all the joys and sorrows,
the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro,
in classic musical form.
- James Weldon Johnson

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears.
The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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