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.
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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.
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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.
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?
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.
The human race does command its own destiny and that destiny can eventually embrace the stars.
Up, you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will.
Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement.
John Hope Franklin
A man scratches where he can reach.
To struggle and battle and overcome and absolutely defeat every force designed against us is the only way to achieve.
No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you.
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.
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.
Copyright © 1995 by Elizabeth A. Ryan
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