Month: April 2023


April 30, 2023

My wish is that we would allow this planet to be the beautiful oasis that she is, and allow ourselves to live more in the peace that she generates.

—Ronald E. McNair

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April 29, 2023

If murderers come to kill you, you do not say, “I cannot oppose the next stab wound because my life is already forfeit.” No—you fight for your life!

—Hermon George, Jr.

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April 28, 2023

My dad’s probably the sole reason I’m playing tennis, in that it was his love of the game that kept us from drifting away from it. He definitely pushed us along, and I know I needed that.

—Mali Vai Washington

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April 27, 2023

I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being—neither white, black, brown, or red.

—Malcolm X

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April 26, 2023

There’re a lot of chance encounters in life. To come from where I come from and go to college when I was bound for the shipyards, to graduate from the University of Chicago, that’s a lot of serendipity and chance.

—Brent Staples

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April 25, 2023

Half the time I feel like I’m on the outside of the world peeping in through a knot-hole in the fence.

—Richard Wright, from Native Son

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April 24, 2023

Something dawned on me, like a big light bulb over my noggin. I suddenly understood that I didn’t know a hell of a lot about anything. What it was that seemed to move me then was that learning was important.

—Amiri Baraka

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April 23, 2023

I believe in helping people the best way you can; my way is through my art. But sometimes you need a splash of cold water in your face to make you see the right way to do it

—Arthur Mitchell

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April 22, 2023

I had to become a mother before I realized what a wonderful place in the scheme of things the creator has given woman.

—Ida B. Wells

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April 21, 2023

I never thought I would live to be forty…. I am stronger for confronting the hard issue of breast cancer, of mortality, dying.

—Audre Lorde

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