December 6, 2022

Aiming isn’t hitting.

—Swahili Proverb

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December 5, 2022

Vanity is the beginning of corruption.

—Joaquim Maria Machado De Assis

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December 4, 2022

I’m secure within myself—independent, a survivor.


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December 3, 2022

Start with what you know and build on what you have.

—Kwame Nkrumah

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December 2, 2022

All my work is meant to say, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.”

—Maya Angelou

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December 1, 2022

I decided, if I’m going to be poor and black and all, the least thing I’m going to do is try and find out who I am. I created everything about me.

—Ornette Coleman

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November 30, 2022

I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in this universe, you have a chance.

—Cicely Tyson

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November 29, 2022

I am/I can.

—Graffito in Harlem

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November 28, 2022

To die for the revolution is a one-shot deal; to live for the revolution means taking on the more difficult commitment of changing our day-to-day life patterns.

—Frances M. Beal

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November 27, 2022

Hope is the pillar of the world.

—Kanuri Proverb

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