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African American Expression

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Selected Biographical Notes

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  1. The most fundamental truth to be told in any art form, as far as Blacks are concerned, is that America is killing us. But we continue to live and love and struggle and win.
    --Sonia Sanchez, 1984


  2. So much of growing up is an unbearable waiting. A constant longing for another time, another season.
    --Sonia Sanchez, Graduation Notes, 1987


  3. The joy of poetry is that it will wait for you. Novels don't wait for you. Characters change. But poetry will wait. I think it's the greatest art.
    --Sonia Sanchez, Henry Hampton, 1990


  4. I have always respected everyone's religion. As I say, there is only one God and a lot of confused people.
    --Hazel Scott, interview, December 1972


  5. I think we musicians are emissaries. Every time we go before the public, we're there to make converts.
    --Hazel Scott, 1977


  6. I've spent my whole life with people underestimating me.
    --Donna Shalala


  7. I have always hired people of different ages. Young people and older people. People in their 70s and in their 20s. People who are fully capable of talking back to me.
    --Donna Shalala


  8. Asking the government to help you for short periods of time is different than asking the government to take care of you for the rest of your life.
    --Donna Shalala


  9. The government is fully capable of delivering services. Even complex services.
    --Donna Shalala


  10. I am a watchman. I've been designated to stand on the wall and tell what I see.
    --Al Sharpton, NYT, 25Jan1994


  11. Music is a gift and a burden I've had since I can remember who I was.
    --Nina Simone, interview, December 1970


  12. Great careers don't come without sacrifice. Something in your life will probably have to go. Decide, now, what you're willing to forfeit to get what you want.
    --Cydney and Leslie Shields, 1993


  13. I'm not the greatest, I'm the latest.
    --Leon Spinks


  14. To experience the agony of defeat makes you stronger. It's like taking one step back and two steps forward. To experience the agony of defeat makes you appreciate the experience of winning. That's what makes a champion.
    --Leon Spinks


  15. - T -


  16. We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
    --Jean Toomer


  17. People mistake their limitations for high standards.
    --Jean Toomer


  18. Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles.
    --Jean Toomer


  19. No eyes that have seen beauty ever lose their sight.
    --Jean Toomer


  20. Once a man has tasted creative action, then thereafter, no matter how safely he schools himself in patience, he is restive, acutely dissatisfied with anything else. He becomes as a lover to whom abstinence is intolerable.
    --Jean Toomer


  21. Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity.
    --Jean Toomer


  22. Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own.
    --Jean Toomer


  23. Most novices picture themselves as masters - and are content with the picture. This is why there are so few masters.
    --Jean Toomer


  24. If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.
    --Sojourner Truth, 1850


  25. Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.
    --Sojourner Truth, 1877


  26. I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I'm not old yet!.
    --Tina Turner, 1986


  27. My career always took me away from home, I was always away from home and I just wanted to be at home. I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up.
    --Tina Turner


  28. This is what I want in heaven - for words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.
    --Tina Turner


  29. I don't want to be dragging myself on stage, year in year out, until someone else tells me it is time to go. There are certain birthdays that make you revalue your life.
    --Tina Turner



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