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African American Expression

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Selected Biographical Notes

- K -
  1. Ask any athlete: We all hurt at times. I'm asking my body to go through seven different tasks. To ask it not to ache would be too much.
    --Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1988


  2. 'A' Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key, and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes.
    --Alicia Keys


  3. When I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play.
    --Alicia Keys


  4. I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That's why I still love to sleep on couches now.
    --Alicia Keys


  5. I feel like 'B' sides are always better, no matter whose record it is.
    --Alicia Keys


  6. I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.
    --Alicia Keys


  7. Simplicity makes me happy.
    --Alicia Keys


  8. Soul music is timeless.
    --Alicia Keys


  9. Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.
    --Coretta Scott King


  10. Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.
    --Coretta Scott King


  11. If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.
    --Coretta Scott King


  12. Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
    --Coretta Scott King


  13. I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes - the finer things of life - would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.
    --Coretta Scott King


  14. Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.
    --Coretta Scott King


  15. Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
    --Coretta Scott King


  16. There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.
    --Coretta Scott King


  17. Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.
    --Coretta Scott King


  18. A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
    --Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963


  19. There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.
    --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958


  20. A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
    --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963


  21. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
    --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963


  22. Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
    --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958


  23. A riot is the language of the unheard.
    --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963


  24. An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of inprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
    --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964


  25. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
    --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964


  26. - L -


  27. I think it is very important that films make people look at what they've forgotten.
    --Spike Lee


  28. Don't think that because you haven't heard from me for a while that I went to sleep. I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night -- thirsty, hungry, and seldom stopping to rest.
    --Spike Lee


  29. I always give the example, if you turn on the radio today, black radio, Lenny Kravitz is not black. Bob Marley wasn't black: in the beginning, only white college stations played Bob Marley.
    --Spike Lee


  30. I don't really analyze my stuff when I write. I write about stuff that I'm interested in, that I'm feeling at that particular time. When I stand back and look at the complete work, I might see themes that run through the whole film, but I'm not really conscious of it when I'm doing it.
    --Spike Lee


  31. A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies you didn't intend to be there.
    --Spike Lee


  32. All directors are storytellers, so the motivation is to tell the story I want to tell. That's what I love.
    --Spike Lee


  33. Any film I do is not going to change the way black women have been portrayed, or black people have been portrayed in cinema since the days of D.W. Griffith.
    --Spike Lee


  34. It comes down to this: black people were stripped of our identities when we were brought here, and it's been a quest since then to define who we are.
    --Spike Lee


  35. I think it would be very boring dramatically to have a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults. To me, the most important thing is to be truthful. I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting than people who are perfect.
    --Spike Lee


  36. Violence is a part of America. I don't want to single out rap music. Let's be honest. America's the most violent country in the history of the world, that's just the way it is. We're all affected by it.
    --Spike Lee


  37. What Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky does not add up to Bush lying to the world, saying, Let's invade Iraq because they've got weapons of mass destruction. It just doesn't add up. The man cheated on his wife, but nobody died. Americans are not coming home in body bags because of that.
    --Spike Lee


  38. 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


  39. Life is about timing.
    --Carl Lewis


  40. Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.
    --Carl Lewis, 1964


  41. Schooling is what happens inside the wall of the school, some of which is educational. Education happens everywhere, and it happens from the moment a child is born--some say before--until it dies.
    --Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, A World of Ideas, 1989


  42. I made the most of my ability and I did my best with my title.
    --Joe Louis, 1964



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