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African American Expression

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  1. I can't tell you about my future, so I'm going to tell you about my past.
    --Ma Rainey (Gertrude Pridgett) "Last Minute Blues"

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

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

  4. Violence seldom accomplishes permanent and desired results. Herein lies the futility of war.
    --A. (Asa) Philip Randolph, 1922

  5. We must develop huge demonstrations, because the world is used to huge, dramatic affairs. They think in terms of hundreds of thousands and millions and billions. Billions of dollars are appropriated in the twinkling of an eye. Nothing little counts.
    --A. (Asa) Philip Randolph, 1942

  6. 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

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

  8. 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

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

  10. 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

  11. We had been too long out of the light. It was our time.
    --Bernice Johnson Reagon

  12. The pathos of man is that he hungers for personal fulfillment and for a sense of community with others.
    --J. Saunders Redding

  13. No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be: a vaudville show, the six o'clock news, the mumblings of a wild man saddled by demons.
    --Ishmael Reed, 1975

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

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

  19. Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.
    --Max Roach

  20. We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the great power of our demand.
    --Paul Robeson, "Here I Stand," 1958

  21. 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

  22. Close don't count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.
    --Frank Robinson

  23. 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

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

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

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

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

  28. 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

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

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

  31. If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains.
    --Diana Ross

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