Black History Month Quotes

             “Capitalism has created its own irrationalities such as a vicious white racism, the tremendous waste associated with advertising, and the irrationality of incredible poverty in the midst of wealth and wastage even inside the biggest capitalist economies, such as that of the United States of America.”  —

Dr. Walter Rodney, Revolutionary, Martyr, and former Professor at Binghamton University

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” —

                                                                        Nelson Mandela


“The Negro slave trade was the first step in modern world commerce, followed by the modern theory of colonial expansion. Slaves as an article of commerce were shipped as long as the traffic paid.”  — W.E.B. Du Bois


             Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain’t restful. Avoid running at all times. Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.  Satchel Paige (1906?-1982)  Negro League and Major League Pitcher  “How to Stay Young” (1953)



             “The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world.  We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti…Cuba — yes Cuba too.”  

–Malcom X

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I could have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man- when I could get it- and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?” 

Sojourner Truth, 1851  Abolitionist and Women’s  Rights Activist


 “I just wanted to be treated like a human being.”

Rosa Parks, born Feb. 4, 1913, Tuskegee, Alabama. After attending training on non-violent resistance, refused to give her seat up to a white man on a bus in 1953.






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