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African American Quotes

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African American children can't be educationally disadvantaged
for 12 years and then experience a miracle cure when
it comes time for admission into college.
- Chaka Fattah

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
- Nat King Cole

Since Bush has been in office, African-American women
have fallen behind in terms of income and wages.
- Donna Brazile

The simple truth is that balding African-American men
look cool when they shave their heads,
whereas balding white men look like giant thumbs.
- Dave Barry

 

When I became a director, I wanted to convince a very
reluctant Sidney into allowing me to go on the journey of his life.
Sidney had gone ahead of every other African American actor.
- Lee Grant

Republicans have called for a National African-American Museum.
The plan is being held up by finding a location that
isn't in their neighborhood.
- Conan O'Brien

Miles Davis was doing something inherently African,
something that has to do with all forms of American music,
not just jazz.
- Cassandra Wilson

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I think, though, as African-American women,
we are always trained to value our community even at
the expense of ourselves,
and so we attempt to protect the African-American community.
- Anita Hill

People identify with me - everyone does -
African American women,
Caucasian women, they all identify with me because I'm ethnic.
- Janice Dickinson

According to the American Heart Association,
the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans
in the United States is among the highest in the world.
- Xavier Becerra

As an African American actress, there are people who
have been staples in my life that opened a door that I can walk through.
I hope that I can have that impact.
- Monique Coleman

Diabetes occurs at twice the rate in the African American
community as it does in white Americans.
- Xavier Becerra

Without Social Security, poverty rates for African
American seniors would more than double.
- Chaka Fattah

It appears that the present-day form of African American
English is not the inheritance of the period of slavery,
but the creation of the second half of the 20th century.
- William Labov

Hollywood needs to recognise all shades of African American beauty.
- Gabrielle Union

I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women,
or women of colour.
I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.
- Denzel Washington

There really has not been a strong Republican message
to either the poor or the African American community at large.
- Jack Kemp

I knew that there were several, among African-American leaders,
who had been put out by me because of my failure or
reluctance to endorse Sen.
Kerry.
- Rodney Alexander

I am committed to ensure that our 2008 Republican presidential
candidates forthrightly address issues of importance
to the African-American community.
- Ken Mehlman

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that
African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish.
Culture is for everybody.
- Spike Lee

The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field
researcher among African American communities in Southwest
Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.
- Larry Bird

We are African in origin and American in birth.
- Timothy Thomas Fortune

I was taught from a young age that many people would
treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American
and because I was female.
- Queen Latifah

To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African
American as inferior in every way.
- Stephen Ambrose

I don't think people have been able to deal with the
fact that African American filmmakers can make movies
about life and relationships.
- Tim Robbins

African-American women account for 67 percent of all
newly diagnosed female AIDS cases.
- Elijah Cummings

The African-American experience is one of the most
important threads in the American tapestry.
- Bill Frist

Being black, I'm involved in the reparations movement.
It's focused toward the African-American audience.
We could begin to heal.
- Cassandra Wilson

Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

In fact, the Harvard study data indicates that 70 percent
of African American children attend schools that are
predominately African American,
about the same level as in 1968 when Dr. King died.
- Bobby Scott

I had this idea that I wanted to do this mixture of
visions of African American women and visions of African American men.
And call it 'The Men' and call it 'The Women' and show
different faces of these two people.
- Faith Ringgold

In the final analysis, the whole cause of world revolution
hinges on the revolutionary struggles of the Asian,
African and Latin American people who make up the overwhelming
majority of the world's population.
- Lin Biao

One of the biggest things I understood in a program
like that was that it allowed more young African American
scholars to do field research in the Caribbean and
in Africa than had ever happened before in the history
of the country and since.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote,
looking the other way or trying to benefit politically
from racial polarization.
I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.
- Ken Mehlman

We need somebody who's got the heart,
the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom,
the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor
or African-American or gay or disabled or old -
and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.
- Barack Obama

When you talk about evangelicals, don't forget that
a significant proportion of the evangelical community is African American.
And most African Americans - well over 90 percent,
thoroughly evangelical, thoroughly biblical -
will probably vote Democratic.
- Tony Campolo

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

With a foreign policy appropriately rooted in some
sense of humanitarian decency,
the Central African crisis will not be easily ignored
by American policymakers.
It screams for remedy.
- Michael Johns

We can now have action movies with two stars where
one might be African American and one might be Asian American.
One of them doesn't have to be white,
and the other one doesn't have to be the ethnic sidekick.
We're way over that.
And I think it's happening in society,
too.
- Roger Ebert

This African American Vernacular English shares most
of its grammar and vocabulary with other dialects of English.
But it is distinct in many ways, and it is more different
from standard English than any other dialect spoken
in continental North America.
- William Labov

However, research in the years that followed found
that in many of its important features,
African American Vernacular English was becoming not less,
but more different from other dialects.
- William Labov

Nowadays, people always say, how come he's doing such
young shows? But they never mention The Mod Squad.
I was very proud of that show.
It's the first time an African-American guy kissed a white girl.
- Aaron Spelling

There is no way that we know what is going on between
the African American and the Asian American.
We don't understand what an Indigenous American is.
We don't understand what a Latino American is.
- Edward James Olmos

I think that whenever there's a good script we try to make that happen,
but it's all based off of a good story,
a good script, but I don't believe you should do it
just because it's African-American.
- Kenneth Edmonds

Out of 30 years of Second City I was probably the third
African-American with the main stage cast.
I was surprised when I first heard that.
I think part of the reason that improvisation has never
been popular with African-Americans is that it isn't
popular in the inner cities.
- Tim Meadows

I don't necessarily believe there's a message in the
fact that I'm an African-American Republican.
I think there is a message that America as a whole,
we are now awake.
We are looking at a political construct and we're fairly disappointed.
I think the message is no matter where you come from in this country,
there is great potential.
- Tim Scott

I don't think there is such a definition of a perfect family,
but I do think that our marriages are in crisis.
Our families are in crisis.
And I think the African-American family is at one of
the worst stages it's been at in a very long time in this country.
Fatherlessness is rampant.
- Leah Ward Sears

Sex in the City was a different kind of phenomenon
because of the show itself is a phenomenon and to me
that's successful because to resonate with women across
the board for six years and have only one African-American
actor pass through for one episode.
- Blair Underwood

Jamestown changed the world in many ways,
but perhaps it shaped our nation most profoundly the day Africans arrived.
I can't think of a more relevant place to talk about
the issues facing our community today than the place
where African culture became American culture.
- Tavis Smiley

I have been privileged to have the opportunity to work
with many of African American fraternal and social
organizations that are active in my congressional district.
They all do important work that makes a tangible difference
to the quality of life in our community.
- Chris Van Hollen

Does a black person make them an African American? No.
There are Hispanics that are very, very dark skinned
so the word has lost its meaning,
it's not a very concise or proper word to use even
today and it wasn't then.
- Pam Grier

The adoring crowds and overwhelming Democratic support
in the 2008 election was based largely on joy at jettisoning
Bush and the appeal of electing a superbly qualified
charismatic African American leader.
- Mary Frances Berry

Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet,
historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed
be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature,
believes a struggle only makes a person stronger.
- Michael N. Castle

I had very supportive parents that made the way for me,
even at a time when there were very few women -
no women,
really; maybe two or three women - and very few,
fewer than that, African-American women heading in this direction,
so there were very few people to look up to.
You just had to have faith.
- Leah Ward Sears

An important aspect of the current situation is the
strong social reaction against suggestions that the
home language of African American children be used
in the first steps of learning to read and write.
- William Labov

When the music changes, so does the dance.
- African Proverb

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

Currently, more than 4.7 million African Americans
receive Social Security benefits,
and nearly 8 million people with disabilities depend
on Social Security for their daily sustenance.
- Chaka Fattah

Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government;
they are not African or Asian or European:
they are good or bad.
- Denis Diderot

Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on
peace keeping missions abroad because they probably
need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
- Kofi Annan

Nigeria is a West African nation of over 100 million energetic people.
It is endowed with lots of natural resources but lacks human resources.
- Philip Emeagwali

Gospel music rhythms are not African in origin,
although I know that's what the jazz experts say.
- Mahalia Jackson

I believe in supporting African solutions to African problems.
- Donald M. Payne

We pride ourselves as being top, really,
on the African ladder...
We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards.
- Robert Mugabe

For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose:
to expose,
embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism.
It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.
- Ama Ata Aidoo

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

There is a greater fatigue concerning the African problem
today than five or 10 years ago.
The situation now in Africa is worse today than it was 10 years ago.
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali

This country is armed to the teeth, and none of these
African states could begin to attack South Africa.
- Helen Suzman

The birth of the African Union should encourage us
to reexamine relations between African States.
- Omar Bongo

What's really good is African drum music.
- Fiona Apple


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