Top African American Quotes

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1. "Really, the potential for, first of all, any college graduate today is enormously good. These are good times for anyone with a college degree today, particularly African Americans. With a college degree today, you really breach the unemployment rate."
Author: Alexis Herman
2. "Seven years ago, my father and I realized that our relationship was extremely unique, especially in the African-American community. He raised me to not only understand the fundamentals of basketball and to try to be a player with a high basketball IQ, but he wanted me to understand that my image and my name meant more than stats."
Author: Allan Houston
3. "I think a lot of African-American kids don't have fathers to teach them how to dress, so you end up being taught by pictures in magazine and movies. You see cowboys, Indians, old Hollywood films, Cary Grant. It has an effect on you."
Author: Andre Benjamin
4. "I think one of the political problems we have in this country is the perspective that all soccer moms think alike, all African-Americans think alike."
Author: Anne Northup
5. "Roy is my favorite security guy. He's a huge African-American gentleman who always has a beautiful smile on his face. He's the King of the Main Desk, and I'm always glad to arrive at work and bask in his magnificent good cheer."
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
6. "Throughout this book I will use the terms African-American, black, and Negro interchangeably. There is rarely a logic to it, so please try not to overthink it."
Author: Baratunde R. Thurston
7. "Indians were here first - it's about time. We're way behind the African Americans and Hispanic Americans in getting politically involved, but we're beginning to take a page out of their notebook."
Author: Ben Nighthorse Campbell
8. "Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz."
Author: Cassandra Wilson
9. "Mostly I'm proud to be an African-American woman, but I'm glad I have a universal look as well."
Author: Chanel Iman
10. "The challenges African-Americans are facing today are rooted in the system of slavery."
Author: Charles Rangel
11. "Mrs. Clinton, speaking to a black church audience on Martin Luther King Day last year, did describe President George W. Bush as treating the Congress of the United States like 'a plantation,' adding in a significant tone of voice that 'you know what I mean ...'She did not repeat this trope, for some reason, when addressing the electors of Iowa or New Hampshire. She's willing to ring the other bell, though, if it suits her. But when an actual African-American challenger comes along, she rather tends to pout and wince at his presumption (or did until recently)."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
12. "In the American way of life pleasure involves comfort, convenience, and sexual stimulation. Pleasure, so defined, has little to do with the past and views the future as no more than a repetition of a hedonistically driven present. This market morality stigmatizes others as objects for personal pleasure or bodily stimulation. The reduction of individuals to objects of pleasure is especially evident in the culture industries--television, radio, video, music. Like all Americans, African Americans are influenced greatly by the images of comfort. These images contribute to the predominance of the market-inspired way of life over all others and thereby edge out nonmarket values--love, care, service to others--handed down by preceding generations. The predominance of this way of life among those living in poverty-ridden conditions, with a limited capacity to ward of self-contempt and self-hatred, results in the possible triumph of the nihilistic threat in black America."
Author: Cornel West
13. "Eight generations of African-Americans are still waiting to achieve their rights - compensation and restitution for the hundreds of years during which they were bought and sold on the market."
Author: Cynthia McKinney
14. "Ray Charles' revolutionary approach to music was also reflected in his politics and his deep and abiding commitment to Martin Luther King and the plight of African-Americans. Ray Charles may not have been on the front lines, but he put his money where his mouth was."
Author: Diane Watson
15. "I think the '90s is the reason why I recently had to find natural haircare products to allow my hair to grow. That was a time where they were processing your hair, and it was a time when African-American women wanted that straight hair."
Author: Drew Sidora
16. "Bonhoeffer's experiences with African American community underscored an idea that was developing in his mind: the only real piety and power that he had seen in the American church seemed to be in the churches where there were a present reality and a past history of suffering."
Author: Eric Metaxas
17. "All people - African, European, American - worry about being different. But I've learned that the traits we'd rush to get rid of are the very ones that others desire. People always covet what they don't have. That's why we should look at ourselves every now and then and say, 'I'm proud of myself. I like the way I'm made.'"
Author: Freida Pinto
18. "I am convinced the next major attack against the United States may well be conducted by people with Asian or African faces, not the ones that many Americans are alert to."
Author: George Tenet
19. "I am an American. Black. Conservative. I don't use African-American, because I'm American, I'm black and I'm conservative. I don't like people trying to label me. African- American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people."
Author: Herman Cain
20. "I know there has long been a great frustration among the African Americans in Nevada over their belief that we have not adequately responded to their desires to become more educated and more productive citizens."
Author: James E. Rogers
21. "This is the place where anybody - like an African American kid raised by a single mom - can be president."
Author: Jennifer M. Granholm
22. "Groups like the NAACP, The Anti-Defamation League, NOW and GLAAD, will respond to derisive language directed at their constituents. The price paid by those who cavalierly chose to verbally disrespect the dignity of African Americans, Jews, women and homosexuals is steep."
Author: John C. McGinley
23. "In the past the great majority of minority voters, in Ohio and other places that means African American voters, cast a large percentage of their votes during the early voting process."
Author: John Lewis
24. "Murders with guns are the No. 1 cause of death for African-American men between the ages of 15 and 34. But talking about race in the context of guns would also mean taking on a subject that can't be addressed by passing a law: the family-breakdown issues that lead too many minority children to find social status and power in guns."
Author: Juan Williams
25. "We don't intend to always keep this necessarily African oriented. Originally I had hoped to have African American Indian of this area, and the Appalachian of this area, but at the same time, just as we have the Haitian room, we will always have room for another exhibit."
Author: Katherine Dunham
26. "Mom's a hypochondriac, too, so the best part was that every week she would get the disease that the medical shows were dramatizing. I'll never forget, they did an episode on sickle cell anemia, which as far as I know, is almost exclusively an African-American affliction."
Author: Kathy Griffin
27. "There's a thing called the 'One Drop' theory in African-American culture, which is if you have one drop of black blood in you, you're black."
Author: Keegan Michael Key
28. "I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American."
Author: Larry Bird
29. "As Africans Americans we often think about the tragic stories associated with our lineage, but there are a lot of triumphs. Traveling helps you learn about other aspects of our history, like the story of Christ the Redeemer. It's empowering and inspiring."
Author: Laz Alonso
30. "Sports and entertainment have always been windows of opportunity for African Americans, when other doors were closed."
Author: Lynn Swann
31. "Take the time to discover how African-Americans have had a great impact on this country. In science, education, literature, art, and politics."
Author: Lynn Swann
32. "The adoring crowds and overwhelming Democratic support in the 2008 election was based largely on joy at jettisoning Bush and the appeal of electing a superbly qualified charismatic African American leader."
Author: Mary Frances Berry
33. "I don't do stuff to be a star. I do it because I feel it's important for kids, African American kids, to see an African American face that plays baseball."
Author: Matt Kemp
34. "With a foreign policy appropriately rooted in some sense of humanitarian decency, the Central African crisis will not be easily ignored by American policymakers. It screams for remedy."
Author: Michael Johns
35. "Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger."
Author: Michael N. Castle
36. "During the days of segregation, there was not a place of higher learning for African Americans. They were simply not welcome in many of the traditional schools. And from this backward policy grew the network of historical black colleges and universities."
Author: Michael N. Castle
37. "The symbolic value of having an African-American president has certainly eased some racial tensions in America, but they're not gone."
Author: Naomi Wolf
38. "I had a white senator call me a rag head, and I had an African-American legislator call me a conservative with a tan."
Author: Nikki Haley
39. "At the high school level, the coaches get these kids in revenue-driven sports and take them away from baseball. There's so much pressure on these kids to even play spring football. We need to get the African-American players back in the game, which I think would make it not only a better game, but more exciting and entertaining for everyone."
Author: Pat Gillick
40. "Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, have played an important role in enriching the lives of not just African Americans, but our entire country."
Author: Ric Keller
41. "I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don't have to be defined by that."
Author: Robert Griffin III
42. "I don't play too much into the color game, because I don't want to be the best African American quarterback, I want to be the best quarterback."
Author: Robert Griffin III
43. "I was well known to African Americans before Bill Clinton discovered me. He was like Christopher Columbus riding up on something he didn't understand."
Author: Sister Souljah
44. "As an African-American, I know all too well the negative thoughts and feelings hatred and bigotry cause."
Author: Tim Hardaway
45. "People can graduate from beauty school and know everything about white hair and nothing about African-American hair."
Author: Tracie Thoms
46. "I wish, to be honest with you, for African American films that we could get a few more theaters. They only open them in 1500 to 2000 for an opening weekend, and how do you expect us to compete. How can we go to certain box office levels if they don't give us more theaters?"
Author: Vivica A. Fox
47. "Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you're a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I've visited Africa, and I've got news for everyone: I'm not an African."
Author: Whoopi Goldberg
48. "I'm excited about my own network, BounceTV. It's the first African-American-owned broadcast network. It's myself, my partner Rob Hardy, and some other African-American businessmen, including Andrew Young and Martin Luther King III."
Author: Will Packer
49. "However, research in the years that followed found that in many of its important features, African American Vernacular English was becoming not less, but more different from other dialects."
Author: William Labov
50. "Diabetes occurs at twice the rate in the African American community as it does in white Americans."
Author: Xavier Becerra

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