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African American Expression

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  1. Freedom is never given; it is won.
    --A. Philip Randolph, keynote speeech, Second National Negro Congress, 1937


  2. In every truth, the beneficiaries of a system cannot be expected to destroy it.
    --A. Philip Randolph


  3. The stubbornness I had as a child has been transmitted into perseverance. I can let go but I don't give up. I don't beat myself up about negative things.
    --Phylicia Rashad


  4. What I love about being an actress is being able to really look into myself and understand another human being.
    --Phylicia Rashad


  5. There's always something to suggest that you'll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.
    --Phylicia Rashad


  6. When I am presented with good work, I accept it. Wherever it is.
    --Phylicia Rashad


  7. Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.
    --Lou Rawls, 1976


  8. Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.
    --Ishmael Reed


  9. Military history has swung back and forth between advantage to the offence and advantage to the defence. When the offence has the advantage, then a new technology will come along that will temporarily give the defence the advantage and vice versa. Football has that kind of pattern, too.
    --Condoleezza Rice


  10. Power matters. But there can be no absence of moral content in American foreign policy, and furthermore, the American people wouldn't accept such an absence. Europeans giggle at this and say we're naive and so on, but we're not Europeans, we're Americans - and we have different principles.
    --Condoleezza Rice


  11. I think, if September 11 taught us anything, it taught us that we're vulnerable, and vulnerable in ways that we didn't fully understand.
    --Condoleezza Rice


  12. We need a common enemy to unite us.
    --Condoleezza Rice


  13. What success I achieved in the theater is due to the fact that I have always worked just as hard when there were ten people in the house as when there were thousands. Just as hard in Springfield, Illinois as on Broadway.
    --Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, 1936


  14. Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life.
    --Jackie Robinson


  15. I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
    --Jackie Robinson


  16. The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.
    --Jackie Robinson


  17. How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts.
    --Jackie Robinson


  18. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
    --Jackie Robinson


  19. Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
    --Jackie Robinson


  20. Above anything else, I hate to lose.
    --Jackie Robinson


  21. There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.
    --Jackie Robinson




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