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IN MEMORY OF OUR MANY ANCESTORS!!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
Because it is Memorial Day – I thought I’d take a moment to pay tribute to some of our ancestors who fought the struggle for us.  Below you will find quotes made by some of our brothers and sisters (some still living) that have fought the fight for us today!!
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
[Muhammad Ali, Longtime Boxing Champion]
“Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.”
[Marian Anderson, Opera Singer – 1897-1993]
“If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we die.”
[Maya Angelou, Author and Poet]
“A wise person speaks carefully and with truth, for every word that passes between one’s teeth is meant for something.”  [Molefi K. Asante, Educator]
“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we direct them toward good ends.”
[Mary McLeod Bethune, Civil Rights Activist & Educator – 1875-1955]
“Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.”  [George Washington Carver, Inventor – 1864-1943]
“When our thoughts which bring actions – are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or White, we are in a living hell, that is as real as hell will ever be.”
[George Washington Carver, Inventor – 1864-1943
“When you educate a man you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”  [Johnetta B. Cole, Educator]
“Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America.  Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.”
[Angela Davis, Professor, Civil Rights Activist & Former Black Panther Party Member]
“Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been.”
[Angela Davis, Professor, Civil Rights Activist & Former Black Panther Party Member]
“Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work.”
[Angela Davis, Professor, Civil Rights Activist &  Former Black Panther Party Member]
“What I think is different today is the lack of political connection between the Black middle class and the increasing numbers of Black people whom are more impoverished than ever before.”  [Angela Davis, Professor, Civil Rights Activist & Former Black Panther Party Member]
“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change — it can not only move us, it makes us move.”  [Ossie Davis, Actor & Civil Rights Activist – 1917-2005]
“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – Strength, Courage, and Dignity.”  [Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist]
“The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.”
[Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist]
“A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”  [Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist – 1817-1895]
“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground.”  [Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist – 1817-1895]
“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.”  [W.E.B DuBois, Educator, Author, Sociologist & Civil Rights Leader – 1868-1963]
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season.  It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year.  It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow.  Today is the seed-time, now are the hours of work and tomorrow comes the harvest and playtime.”
[W.E.B. Dubois, Educator, Author, Sociologist & Civil Rights Leader – 1868-1963]
“Parents have become so convinced educators know what is best for children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.”
[Marian Wright Edelmen, Children’s Defense Fund Official]
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
[Ella Fitzgerald, Singer – 1918-1996]
“We also learn that this country and the Western world have no monopoly of goodness and truth and scholarship.  We begin to appreciate the ingredients that are indispensable to making a better world.  In a life of learning that is, perhaps, the greatest lesson of all.”  [John Hope Franklin, Historian – 1915-2009]
“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the by-paths and untrodden depths of wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”
[John Hope Franklin, Historian – 1915-2009]
“We’ve got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it.”  [Dorothy I. Height, Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement & Former President of the National Council of Negro Women]
“At the heart of all that civilization has meant and developed is “community” — The mutually cooperative and voluntary venture of man to assume a semblance of responsibility for his brother.”
[Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister & Civil Rights Leader – 1929-1968]
“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture fort heir minds, and dignity, quality, and freedom for their spirits.  I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.”
[Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister & Civil Rights Leader -1929-1968]
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
[Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister & Civil Rights Leader – 1929-1968]
“Schooling is what happens inside the wall of the school, some of which is educational.  Education happens everywhere, and it happens from the moment a child is born – some say before – until it dies.”  [Dr. Sara Lawrence Lightfoot, Professor of Education at Harvard University]
“If the 1st Amendment means anything, it means that the State has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.”  [Thurgood Marshall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – 1908-1993]
“I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.”
[Huey P. Newton, Civil Rights Activist & Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party – 1942-1989]
“The revolution has always been in the hands of the young.  the young always inherit the revolution.”
[Huey P. Newton, Civil Rights Activist & Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party – 1942-1989]
“Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.”  [Huey P. Newton, Civil Rights Activist & Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party – 1942-1989]
“They came down on us because we had a grassroots, real people’s revolution, complete with the programs, complete with the unity, complete with the working coalitions, where we crossed racial lines.”  [Bobby Seale, Civil Rights Activist, Author & Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party]

‘You don’t fight racism with racism.  The best way to fight racism is with solidarity.”
“Bobby Seale, Civil Rights Activist, Author & Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party]

“I was free, but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom.  I was a stranger in a strange land.”  [Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist – 1820-1913]
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
[Alice Walker, Writer]
“I got my start by giving myself a start.”  [Madam C.J. Walker, Inventor of Hair Products & First African-American Female Millionaire – 1867-1919]
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity.  But I made it!  Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come.  Get up and make them!”
[Madam C.J. Walker, Inventor of Hair Products & First African-American Female Millionaire – 1867-1919]
“Great men cultivate love… Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.”
[Booker T. Washington, Abolitionist & Educator – 1856-1915]
“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
[Booker T. Washington, Abolitionist & Educator – 1856-1915]
“There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice – if we can only know how to find it.”  [Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Anti-Lynching Activist & Journalist – 1862-1931]
“The ultimate function of education is to secure the survival of a people.”
[Dr. Amos Wilson, Professor, Author & Civil Rights Activist – 1941-1995]
“No Black person has ever been taught to think like ‘White Folks.’  If you thought like Whites, you would want your own nations, to control your own neighborhoods, to control your own economy, to have your own military to control the resources in your ground.  Blacks come out of these schools and universities to be highly educated servants, slaves not in control of their own destiny.  You would want to remove them from power.”  [Dr. Amos Wilson, Professor, Author & Civil Rights Activist – 1941-1995]
“If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a  negiligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”  [Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History, Educator & Historian – 1875-1950]
“As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his Black face is a curse and  that hsi struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.”  [Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History, Educator & Historian – 1875-1950]
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”  [Malcolm X, Former Nation of Islam Leader & Civil Rights Leader – 1925-1965]
“You can’t separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has freedom.”  [Malcolm X, Former Nation of Islam Leader & Civil Rights Leader – 1925-1965]
“Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world.”
[Malcolm X, Former Nation of Islam Leader & Civil Rights Leader – 1925-1965]
READ, PONDER & ENJOY!!!!!
THE STRUGGLE STILL EXISTS – AND WE MUST CONTINUE THE FIGHT!!!
SOURCES: Various Internet Sites

Natalie R. Fitten

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3 Responses to “IN MEMORY OF OUR MANY ANCESTORS!!”

  1. Great blog my brother! …. Well done! … thank you so much for sharing all of the is wisdom on one page! …. Keep being you brother James!

    • To EMixon: Thank you for responding. Glad you liked it. Just an FYI – I am a woman (Note: The blog is Natalie & James – Wife & Husband) – Natalie (Wife – Me) does most if not at all of the blogs. But, again I appreciate your compliments and for responding. – Just trying to keep our people educated.

      Natalie R. Fitten

      • Oh sorry Natalie… my mistake. But I really loved your Blog… I re-posted it onto my FACEBOOK – Great Work!


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