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Book of African-American Quotations


"In America, black is a country," declared Amiri Baraka, who insisted that the lives and destinies of the nation's white and black citizens are inseparably intertwined. His statement, like many others in this compilation of quotations, reflects the black experience in America and touches upon the role of racial identity. Other citations voice a broader perspective, including Maya Angelou's remark, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that ...

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"In America, black is a country," declared Amiri Baraka, who insisted that the lives and destinies of the nation's white and black citizens are inseparably intertwined. His statement, like many others in this compilation of quotations, reflects the black experience in America and touches upon the role of racial identity. Other citations voice a broader perspective, including Maya Angelou's remark, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
This original collection of quotations cites approximately 100 well-known African-Americans from all walks of life. Twentieth-century notables include Louis Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Julian Bond, and Ralph Ellison, in addition to earlier figures such as George Washington Carver and Frederick Douglass. Sources include poetry and works of fiction as well as song lyrics. Arranged alphabetically by author, the quotations cover a wide variety of subjects. Brief captions identify the quoted individuals and the achievements for which they are best known.
Dover (2011) original publication.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486475899
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/14/2011
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 934,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Hank Aaron
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
African American Aphorisms
Alvin Ailey
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
Muhammad Ali
Richard Allen
Marian Anderson
Maya Angelou
Louis Armstrong
Arthur Ashe
Pearl Bailey
James Baldwin
Benjamin Banneker
Imamu Amiri Baraka
Charles Barkley
Count Basie
Daisy Bates
Melba Pattillo Beals
Romare Bearden
Derrick Bell
Lerone Bennett, Jr.
Chuck Berry
Mary McLeod Bethune
Eubie Blake
Julian Bond
Cory A. Booker
Arna Bontemps
Donna Brazile
Lou Brock
Nathaniel H. Bronner, Sr.
Gwendolyn Brooks
Claude Brown
James Brown
Les Brown
Ron H. Brown
William Wells Brown
Ralph J. Bunche
Nannie Burroughs
Bebe Moore Campbell
Geoffrey Canada
Stokely Carmichael
Betty Carter
George Washington Carver
Wilt Chamberlain
Ray Charles
Charles W. Chesnutt
Alice Childress
Shirley Chisholm
John Henrik Clarke
Eldridge Cleaver
Lucille Clifton
Johnnie Cochran
Johnnetta B. Cole
Nat "King" Cole
Ornette Coleman
Marva Collins
John Coltrane
Anna Julia Cooper
Bill Cosby
Alexander Crummell
Countee Cullen
Evelyn Cunningham
Angela Davis
Miles Davis
Ossie Davis
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Ruby Dee
Martin R. Delaney
Bessie (Annie Elizabeth) Delany
Sadie (Sarah Louise) Delany
Samuel R. Delany
David Dinkins
Frederick Douglass
Rita Dove
W. E. B. Du Bois
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Katherine Dunham
Michael Eric Dyson
Marian Wright Edelman
Joycelyn Elders
Duke Ellington
Ralph Ellison
Medgar Evers
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Louis Farrakhan
Jessie Redmon Fauset 
Ella Fitzgerald 
George Foreman 
James Forten 
Timothy Thomas Fortune 
Redd Foxx 
Aretha Franklin 
John Hope Franklin 
E. Franklin Frazier 
Joe Frazier 
Ernest J. Gaines 
Henry Highland Garnet 
Marcus Garvey 
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Marvin Gaye 
Althea Gibson 
Bob Gibson 
Paula Giddings 
Dizzy Gillespie 
Nikki Giovanni 
Danny Glover 
Whoopi Goldberg 
Al Green 
Dick Gregory 
Charlotte Forten Grimk√© 
Francis J. Grimk√© 
Lani Guinier 
Alex Haley 
Arsenio Hall 
Fannie Lou Hamer 
Jupiter Hammon 
Fred Hampton 
Lionel Hampton 
W. C. Handy 
Lorraine Hansberry 
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 
Dorothy Height 
Jimi Hendrix 
Anita Hill 
Chester Himes 
Gregory Hines 
Eric Holder, Jr. 
Billie Holiday 
bell hooks 
Benjamin L. Hooks 
Lena Horne 
Langston Hughes
Alberta Hunter 
Zora Neale Hurston 
Jesse Jackson 
Mahalia Jackson 
Michael Jackson 
Reggie Jackson 
Harriet Ann Jacobs 
Judith Jamison 
Charles R. Johnson 
Earvin "Magic" Johnson 
Jack Johnson 
James Weldon Johnson 
John H. Johnson 
James Earl Jones 
Quincy Jones 
Barbara Jordan 
June Jordan 
Michael Jordan 
Jackie Joyner-Kersee 
Florynce R. Kennedy 
John Oliver Killens 
Jamaica Kincaid 
B. B. King 
Coretta Scott King 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Nella Larsen 
Lead Belly 
Spike Lee 
Sugar Ray Leonard 
Julius Lester 
John R. Lewis 
Alain Locke 
Audre Lorde 
Joe Louis 
Joseph E. Lowery 
Moms Mabley 
Paule Marshall 
Thurgood Marshall 
Benjamin E. Mays 
Willie Mays 
Nathan McCall 
Hattie McDaniel 
Claude McKay
Kelly Miller 
Thelonius Monk 
Anne Moody 
Toni Morrison 
"Jelly Roll" Morton 
Elijah Muhammad 
Gloria Naylor 
Larry Neal 
William C. Nell 
Huey P. Newton 
Eleanor Holmes Norton 
Shaquille O'Neal 
Barack Hussein Obama 
Michelle Robinson Obama 
Jesse Owens 
Leroy "Satchel" Paige 
Charlie Parker 
Gordon Parks 
Rosa Parks 
Floyd Patterson 
Ann Petry 
William Pickens 
Sidney Poitier 
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. 
Colin Powell 
Leontyne Price 
Charley Pride 
Richard Pryor 
Robert Purvis 
Asa Philip Randolph 
J. Saunders Redding 
Ishmael Reed 
Condoleezza Rice 
Paul Robeson 
Jackie Robinson 
Chris Rock 
J. A. Rogers 
Diana Ross 
Carl T. Rowan 
Wilma Rudolph 
Bayard Rustin 
Sonia Sanchez 
Arthur A. Schomburg 
Hazel Scott 
Bobby Seale 
Tupac Shakur 
Al Sharpton, Jr. 
Russell Simmons 
Nina Simone 
John Singleton 
Sister Souljah 
Shelby Steele 
Clifton L. Taulbert 
Susan L. Taylor 
Mary Church Terrell 
Clarence Thomas 
Howard Thurman 
Wallace Thurman 
Mamie Till-Mobley 
Melvin B. Tolson 
Jean Toomer 
Robert Townsend 
Sojourner Truth 
Harriet Tubman 
Henry McNeal Turner 
Nat Turner 
Tina Turner 
Cicely Tyson 
Mike Tyson 
Sarah Vaughan 
Alice Walker 
Madame C. J. Walker 
David Walker 
Margaret Walker 
Fats Waller 
Samuel Ringgold Ward 
Booker T. Washington 
Denzel Washington 
Harold Washington 
Ethel Waters 
Ida B. Wells 
Cornel West 
Phillis Wheatley 
Walter F. White 
John Edgar Wideman 
Ralph Wiley 
Roy Wilkins 
Serena Williams 
Venus Williams 
August Wilson 
Flip Wilson 
Oprah Winfrey 
George C. Wolfe 
Stevie Wonder 
Carter Godwin Woodson 
Richard Wright 
Malcolm X 
Frank Yerby 
Andrew Young
Whitney Young, Jr.

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