"We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. "
- Maya Angelou
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so."
- Ida B. Wells
"Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
- Muhammad Ali
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. "
- W. E. B. Du Bois
"If you're looking for the safe choice, you shouldn't be supporting a black guy named Barack Obama to be the next leader of the free world."
- Barack Obama
"My version of "Georgia" became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching."
- Ray Charles
Edward Kinsella III
"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck."
- Frederick Douglas
Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 â€“ February 23, 1915) was an enslaved African American who, during and after the American Civil War, became a ship's pilot, sea captain, and politician. He freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery on May 13, 1862, by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, the CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, and sailing it to freedom beyond the Federal blockade. [cite]
In the 1880's Moses "Fleetwood" Walker played major league baseball.Â Objections were raised by players and managers to such a level that a "color line" was drawn barring black baseball players from the major leagues.Â Some 60 years later, in 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color line, removing the greatest stain on the game of baseball.Â
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
- Abraham Lincoln
Henry "Box" Brown (c.1815â€“after 1889) was a 19th century Virginia slave, and later a noted abolitionist speaker, who escaped to freedom by arranging to have himself mailed to Philadelphia abolitionists in a wooden crate. [cite]
"I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color."
- Malcolm X
"It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts."
- Ella Fitzgerald
"The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician."
- Louis Armstrong
In 2008, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office.
"I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old."
- Billie Holiday
The Four Tops were at the forefront of doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, hard rock, and showtunes in the 50s and remained together for 4 decades will all 4 original members. [cite]
"Now John Henry was a mighty man, yes sir. He was born a slave in the 1840's but was freed after the war. He went to work as a steel-driver for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, don't ya know. And John Henry was the strongest, the most powerful man working the rails."
- John Henry: The Steel Driving Man, AÂ West Virginia Legend; retold by S.E. SchlosserÂ
"There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there's the United States of America. "