Quotes from African American Women

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Shirley Chisholm Quote

Shirley Chisholm Quote
Shirley Chisholm Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Shirley Chisholm: "I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change."

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Lorraine Hansberry Quote

Lorraine Hansberry Quote
Lorraine Hansberry Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Lorraine Hansberry: "Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."

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Toni Morrison Quote

Toni Morrison Quote
Toni Morrison Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Toni Morrison: "If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it."

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Audre Lorde Quote

Audre Lorde Quote
Audre Lorde Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Audre Lorde: "I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognize that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are inseparable."

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Dorothy Height Quote

Dorothy Height Quote
Dorothy Height Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © Getty Images / Hulton Archive

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Dorothy Height: "I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom.... I want to be remembered as one who tried."

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Alice Walker Quote

Alice Walker Quote
Alice Walker Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Alice Walker: "Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender."

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Quote

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Quote
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © Getty Images / Tony Duffy

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Jackie Joyner-Kersee: "The glory of sport comes from dedication, determination and desire. Achieving success and personal glory in athletics has less to do with wins and losses than it does with learning how to prepare yourself so that at the end of the day, whether on the track or in the office, you know that there was nothing more you could have done to reach your ultimate goal. "

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Faye Wattleton Quote

Faye Wattleton Quote
Faye Wattleton Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Faye Wattleton: "Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can't take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can't take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right."

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Barbara Jordan Quote

Barbara Jordan Quote
Barbara Jordan Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Barbara Jordan: "What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise."

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Marian Anderson Quote

Marian Anderson Quote
Marian Anderson Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Getty Images / Hulton Archive

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Marian Anderson: "As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold the person down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might."

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Mae Jemison Quote

Mae Jemison Quote
Mae Jemison Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Mae Jemison: "It is important for scientists to be aware of what our discoveries mean, socially and politically. It's a noble goal that science should be apolitical, acultural, and asocial, but it can't be, because it's done by people who are all those things."

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Pearl Bailey Quote

Pearl Bailey Quote
Pearl Bailey Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Pearl Bailey: "What the world really needs is more love and less paper work."

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Ruby Dee Quote

Marian Anderson Quote
Ruby Dee Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Ruby Dee: "You just try to do everything that comes up. Get up an hour earlier, stay up an hour later, make the time. Then you look back and say, 'Well, that was a neat piece of juggling there -- school, marriage, babies, career.' The enthusiasms took me through the action, not the measuring of it or the reasonableness."

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Marian Anderson Quote

Marian Anderson Quote
Marian Anderson Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Marian Anderson: "The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dares to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow."

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Mary McLeod Bethune Quote

Marian Anderson Quote
Mary McLeod Bethune Quote. © Jone Johnson Lewis, adapted from an image © 2012 Clipart.com

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Mary McLeod Bethune: "Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough."

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Harriet Tubman Quote

Harriet Tubman Quote
Harriet Tubman Quote. Adapted from an image courtesy Library of Congress

One of a series of quotes by African American women.

From Harriet Tubman: "If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more."

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