You have seen how a man was made a slave

You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
Frederick Douglass (1818?-1895)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845) >>>

When I found I had crossed that line…

When I found I had crossed that line, [on her first escape from slavery, 1845] I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything.
Harriet Tubman (1820?-1913)
to her biographer, Sarah H. Bradford, c. 1868 >>>

Zac Posen Slammed for Using Mostly Black Models — Even Though His Collection Was Inspired by a Black Princess | Black Girl with Long Hair

Posen made this statement to Harper’s Bazaar:

Since the inspiration was Elizabeth of Toro it made sense to have a casting reflecting this. Their presence and the diversity of the casting complemented the collection and made it more striking. … We live in a diverse world and it is essential it is represented in the fashion industry—it has always been critical to me, as well as a key component of my collections—whether it’s shapes, sizes or skin color—as my customers are global and part of all diverse groups.

What happens to a dream deferred?

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
“Harlem” (1951) >>>

Just Begin.


Change.  Change is hard and scary.  Change invokes the doubt, the fear, the internal “nay saying”. However, Change is the beacon of hope.  Change represents a chance to do better, to be better, to feel better. Change is inevitable. So take a deep breath, meditate, close your eyes… see the “better” and then, slowly… JUST BEGIN!

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in History.

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice. Carter Woodson (1875-1950) on founding Negro History Week, 1926 >>>

My father was a slave and my people died

My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear?
Paul Robeson (1898-1976)
testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, June 12, 1956 >>>

I felt that one had better die fighting

I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as dearly as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit.
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931)
Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (published posthumously, 1970) >>>

Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred do

Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred does.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
“Eye to Eye,” Sister Outsider (1984) >>>