Book of African-American Quotations

Book of African-American Quotations

by Joslyn Pine


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486475899
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/14/2011
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 463,654
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joslyn Pine is well versed in American history and the editor of the popular Dover anthology, Presidential Wit and Wisdom.

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 Grimké
Francis J. Grimké
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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