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Negro Quotes

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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 was a guinea pig for some hoodlums who thought they
could hurt me and frighten me and keep other Negro
entertainers from the South.
- Nat King Cole

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Yes, the audience is so important to Negro music,
especially the element of call and response.
- Archie Shepp

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

It was impossible to reason with a negro-that the only
way to keep him in his place was to keep him under fear.
- Henry Carter Stuart

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

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

Negro music and culture are intrinsically improvisational,
existential.
Nothing is sacred.
After a decade, a musical idea, no matter how innovative,
is threatened.
- Archie Shepp

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 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

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

However the Southern man may have been master of the negro,
there were compensatory processes whereby certain negroes
were masters of their masters' children.
- John Sergeant Wise

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

The closer a Negro got to the ballot box,
the more he looked like a rapist.
- E. Franklin Frazier

So Ham's wife that was preserved on the Ark was a Negro
of the seed of Cain and there was a priestly purpose in it,
that the Devil would have a representation as well as God.
- Warren Jeffs

Just being a Negro doesn't qualify you to understand
the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine.
- Dick Gregory

If I allow the fact that I am a Negro to checkmate my will to do,
now, I will inevitably form the habit of being defeated.
- Paul Williams

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 Negro, however, has been tested on an extensive scale.
- Ellsworth Huntington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I do not think white America is committed to granting
equality to the American Negro.
This is a passionately racist country;
it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
- Susan Sontag

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

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

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

The city of Memphis has demonstrated that neither character
nor standing avails the Negro if he dares to protect
himself against the white man or become his rival.
- Ida B. Wells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

In the north we could not hope to keep the worst and
poorest servant for a single day in the wretched discomfort
in which our negro servants are forced habitually to live.
- Fanny Kemble

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

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

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

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

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

Southern white people despise the Negro as a race,
and will do nothing to aid in his elevation as such;
but for certain individuals they have a strong affection,
and are helpful to them in many ways.
- James Weldon Johnson

The very first time I was on a car in Atlanta,
I saw the conductor - all conductors are white -
ask a Negro woman to get up and take a seat farther
back in order to make a place for a white man.
I have also seen white men requested to leave the Negro section of the car.
- Ray Stannard Baker

The other reason that I am here today,
again from the State Department and from the court
record of the court of appeals,
is that when I am abroad I speak out against the injustices
against the Negro people of this land.
- Paul Robeson

A few years ago no hotel or restaurant in Boston refused Negro guests;
now several hotels,
restaurants, and especially confectionary stores,
will not serve Negroes, even the best of them.
- Ray Stannard Baker

The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been
avoided by the absolute suppression of the negro vote,
the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied
and the butchery of negroes should have ceased.
- Ida B. Wells

You may call me a Klansman if you will,
but, potentially, every white man is a Klansman,
as far as the Negro in competition with whites socially,
economically and politically is concerned,
and there is no use lying.
- Marcus Garvey

I know that if the peace movement takes its message
boldly to the Negro people a powerful force can be
secured in pursuit of the greatest goal of all mankind.
And the same is true of labor and the great democratic
sections of our population.
- Paul Robeson

The discrimination is not made openly,
but a Negro who goes to such places is informed that
there are no accommodations,
or he is overlooked and otherwise slighted,
so that he does not come again.
- Ray Stannard Baker

But I was very disappointed that I didn't get a chance
to go overseas with that group,
might not have gotten back but I wanted very much to
go because there's not much of a record of the exploits
of the first Negro fighter group.
- Gordon Parks

Any musical person who has never heard a Negro congregation
under the spell of religious fervor sing these old
songs has missed one of the most thrilling emotions
which the human heart may experience.
- James Weldon Johnson

I would love to see as many of the black players as
possible in today's Major League Baseball make every
effort to go to the Negro Leagues Museum and get a
first-hand view of how it all started.
- Ferguson Jenkins

It doesn't do good to open doors for someone who doesn't
have the price to get in.
If he has the price, he may not need the laws.
There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
- Ronald Reagan


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