Heart Full of Grace: A Thousand Years of Black Wisdom

Heart Full of Grace: A Thousand Years of Black Wisdom

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Heart Full of Grace: A Thousand Years of Black Wisdom by Venice Johnson

Rich with sweetness and anger, strength and sorrow, Heart Full of Grace is a bounteous treasury of a thousand years of black wisdom. Here are quotations from traditional African sources as well as African-American writers, political leaders, artists, sports heroes, and the anonymous slaves and soldiers who fought and sacrificed for freedom, their families, and the future. Their words offer inspiration, consolation, encouragement, and enlightenment.

Invaluable as a reference or as a rich mine of African-American culture and history, Heart Full of Grace reflects a thousand years of struggle, strength, and triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684814285
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/03/1995
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Venice Johnson has been nominated for an Emmy Award for writing for her television specials on street gangs and child abuse. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Read an Excerpt

From: Achievement

Nothing in the universe is attained by doing nothing. You must always give something to get something. It's extremely basic, you can't fill a cup without giving up its contents first. You can't even move to a new place in a room without giving up the space you now occupy. In other words sacrifice is a basic concept of our universe.

— Afro-Cuban Rite

It is only what is written upon the soul of man that will survive the wreck of time.

— Francis James Grimké

When do any of us do enough?

— Barbara Jordan

We ain't what we want to be; we ain't what we gonna be; but thank God, we ain't what we was.

— African-American Folk Saying

Every man is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.

— Benjamin E. Mays

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

— Muhammad Ali

The human race does command its own destiny and that destiny can eventually embrace the stars.

— Lorraine Hansberry

Up, you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will.

— Marcus Garvey

Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement.

— John Hope Franklin

A man scratches where he can reach.

— Ashanti Proverb

To struggle and battle and overcome and absolutely defeat every force designed against us is the only way to achieve.

— Nannie Burroughs

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.

— Althea Gibson

I learned that along with the towering achievements of the cultures of ancient Greece and China there stoodthe culture of Africa, unseen and denied by the imperialist looters of Africa's material wealth.

— Paul Robeson

We now number as many souls as won the freedom of your sires from British rule. We may not now be as capable to govern ourselves as they were, but we will, with your aid, be as zealous, and with God's blessing, we will be as successful.

— From a Petition Requesting Congress to Relocate Freed Slaves to Central America, 1862

I think that art is a celebration of life even when life extends into death and that the sociological conditions which have made for so much misery in Negro life are not necessarily the only factors which make for the values which I feel should endure and shall endure.

— Ralph Ellison

Copyright © 1995 by Elizabeth A. Ryan

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Achievement

Africa

Age

Ambition

America

Anger

Beauty

Blues

Brotherhood

Challenge

Confdence

Courage

Culture

Death

Despair

Dignity

Discrimination

Dreams

Education

Effort

Equality

Fear

Folklore

Freedom/Liberty

Goals

God

Happiness

Hate

Heritage

Honor

Hope

Humor

Identity

Ignorance

Justice

Knowledge

Loneliness

Love

Money

Motivation

Music

Opportunity

Poverty

Power

Pride

Racism

Respect

Responsibility

Revolution

Shame

Signifying

Slavery

The South

Success

Suffering

Truth

Unity

Victory

Violence

Wisdom

Women

Youth

Index of Names

Acknowledgments

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