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Top 83 Quotes About African History

#1. My particular lifetime, my individual profile, represents something very basic to African-American history and culture because I was a second generation immigrant, so to speak, from the South. My grandfather was born in South Carolina - well, both grandfathers were born in the South. - Author: John Edgar Wideman
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#2. Our history is responsible for the differences in the South African way of life. - Author: P. W. Botha
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#3. The acceptance of the facts of African-American history and the African-American historian as a legitimate part of the academic community did not come easily. Slavery ended and left its false images of black people intact. - Author: John Henrik Clarke
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#4. Mayor Walmsley is using the typical Jim Crow manipulation tactics to deflect the blame and guilt. He's a classic racist politician with an ulterior motive," says Ora. - Author: Shaune Bordere
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#5. The slaves who were ourselves had known terror intimately, confused sunrise with pain, & accepted indifference as kindness. - Author: Ntozake Shange
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#6. I turned pro and won Rookie of the Year on the South African Tour and then it took me two tries at the qualifying school on the European Tour and to get my card and the rest is history. - Author: Retief Goosen
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#7. The highest percentage of African Americans own their own homes today than ever in our nation's history. - Author: Ed Gillespie
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#8. History is the land-mark by which we are directed into the true course of life. - Author: Marcus Garvey
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#9. There clearly is a serious race problem in the country. Just take a look at what's happening to African American communities. For example wealth, wealth in African American communities is almost zero. The history is striking. - Author: Noam Chomsky
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#10. In the closing years of the nineteenth century, African-American historians began to look at their people's history from their vantage point and their point of view. - Author: John Henrik Clarke
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#11. When the history of African development is written, it will be clear that a turning point involved the empowerment of women. - Author: Sheryl WuDunn
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#12. Part of the approach envisaged in bringing about Black Consciousness has to be directed to the past, to seek to rewrite the history of the black man and to produce in it the heroes who form the core of the African background - Author: Steven Biko
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#13. One of the biggest things I understood in a program like that was that it allowed more young African American scholars to do field research in the Caribbean and in Africa than had ever happened before in the history of the country and since. - Author: Bernice Johnson Reagon
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#14. We examine and highlight the history of the African descendants in America, and know that each and every one of us has come this far because of our faith in this country. - Author: Yvette Clarke
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#15. Oral tradition is practised in most African cultures: ideals, family histories and legacies are handed down from one generation to the other physically or verbally. However, this system is flawed in the sense that a lot of African innovation, experience and culture have been lost, undocumented. - Author: Nana Awere Damoah
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#16. In the long, nonillustrious history of white people pilfering African American culture, have I just perpetrated that? I'm motivated by a love for the music and by a love of the performances, and I really hope I haven't done anything bad. - Author: Moby
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#17. Haiti is unique - the first successful slave revolt in history, the first black republic etc., and then when you get into the culture, the voodoo, and that wonderful synchretization of Christian and African belief and symbology, it's like nothing the world has ever seen. - Author: Ben Fountain
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#18. Beyond [Barack Obama] having made history as the first African-American president, I hope that he gets re-elected for what he does while in office, not for his skin color. I certainly believe he has the capacity. - Author: Lenny Kravitz
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#19. The white economic and political elite often failed to recognize blacks as American, just as blacks often failed to recognize their potential for advancement outside of the limited opportunities afforded them by whites. - Author: W.E.B. Du Bois
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#20. What these thinkers, chroniclers, and interpreters have written about, how they have theorized their scholarly endeavors, and their approaches and methodologies have inevitably been informed and shaped by the times in which they existed. - Author: Pero Gaglo Dagbovie
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#21. In every aspect and among almost every demographic, how American society digested and processed the long, dark chapter between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the civil rights movement has been delusion. - Author: Douglas A. Blackmon
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#22. I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world over began. - Author: John Henrik Clarke
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#23. When I was a child, to call someone 'black' was an insult, a curse word, something that made you fight.
But to me it contains all of the history of oppression and resistance, of being close to the soil and the sky, of plain speaking. Of The Journey. - Author: Bonnie Greer
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#24. The government has a history of not treating people fairly, from the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II to African-Americans in the Civil Rights era. - Author: Rand Paul
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#25. I can never do justice to the great feeling of amazement and encouragement I felt when, perhaps for the first time in American history, white citizens of a Southern state banded together to come to Selma and show their indignation about the injustices against the African-Americans. - Author: Amelia Boynton Robinson
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#26. I was born in Evanston, about three blocks away from the Chicago border. My mother, at the time, was finishing her Ph.D. in African History at Northwestern University. Soon after my birth, my parents split, and my father moved to Wicker Park, which is on the north side of the city. - Author: Rashid Johnson
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#27. This feeling African-Americans have, this skepticism towards the police and the skepticism that the police show towards African-Americans is actually quite old. And it may be one of the most durable aspects of the relationship between black people and their country really in our history. - Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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#28. In the USA, we learn "art history" as Western art history, and the history of Asian, or African art is a special case; we learn politics by examining our own government system, and consider other systems special cases, and the same is true of philosophy. - Author: Jay L. Garfield
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#29. Let's go beyond the Trinity of African-American History. There are so many more to learn about other than Harriett Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks. - Author: Karimah Grayson
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#30. Some people would view Jackie Robinson as a very safe African-American, a docile figure who had a tendency to try to get along with everyone, and when you look at his history, you learn that he has this fire that allows him to take this punishment but also figure out savvy ways of giving it back. - Author: Chadwick Boseman
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#31. I don't have a problem with these Arizona laws. I have a problem with Chicano, Gay and Lesbian, Asian-American and African-American histories not being taught in American History courses. - Author: M.G. Hardie
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#32. History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity. - Author: Haile Selassie
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#33. As a South African I honestly cannot understand how people can't see South Africa as a unique nation, untied by ties of history, bonds of suffering, victory, struggles, hope - and in more ways than I ever before thought possible - blood. - Author: Christina Engela
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#34. Those who tell you that the territorial question is an abstraction, that you can never colonize another territory without the African slavetrade, are both deaf and blind to the history of the last sixty years. - Author: Robert Toombs
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#35. It is my hope that as we commemorate Black History Month in the future, we will continue to celebrate the many achievements and rich culture of African-Americans. - Author: Eliot Engel
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#36. Ancient Egypt was a Negro Civilization. The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until African historians dare to connect it with the history of Egypt. - Author: Cheikh Anta Diop
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#37. My father and I made genetics history. We were the first African-Americans and the first father and son anywhere to have their genomes sequenced. - Author: Henry Louis Gates
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#38. Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face. - Author: Carol Moseley Braun
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#39. One of the things we tell ourselves as African-Americans is if we work hard, play by the rules, we do start back a little ways, but if we can be twice as good, somehow we can escape history and heritage and legacy. - Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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#40. New Jersey for me is so alive with history. It's old, dynamic, African-American, Latino. - Author: Junot Diaz
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#41. Let me tell you, never before in the history of this planet has anybody made the progress that African-Americans have made in a 30-year period, in spite of many black folks and white folks lying to one another. - Author: Dick Gregory
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#42. The history of African-American repression in this country rose from government-sanctioned racism. Jim Crow laws were a product of bigoted state and local governments. - Author: Rand Paul
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#43. I am the first African-American chairman of any major conservation organization in history. That's a big step. - Author: Jerome Ringo
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#44. Sen. Joe Biden, on the day of announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, called Barack Obama the first mainstream African-American who is articulate, bright, and ... clean. I think we've seen the shortest presidential campaign in history. - Author: Jay Leno
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#45. My name, Solange, means 'Angel of the sun,' and I'm completely enamored of my African history. The culture is so expressive. - Author: Solange Knowles
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#46. African American history is really American history because African Americans really helped build this country. - Author: Don Lemon
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#47. African history is filled with experiences of people shooting their way to power and then splintering into factions, like in Somalia and Liberia. - Author: George Ayittey
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#48. There are a lot of chapters to the banjo's history. Part of it are the roots in Africa, where it's a more primitive instrument. Then it comes to the United States where it morphs into the slave music that they created here, which was very African in origin. - Author: Bela Fleck
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#49. To handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching. It kills one's aspirations and dooms him to vagabondage and crime. - Author: Carter G. Woodson
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#50. There's no doubt that many of the mainstream white institutions tend to be cosmetic and symbolic when it comes to including African-Americans, whereas we black folk tend to be much more sensitive about embracing others, and we have a long history of that. - Author: Cornel West
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#51. Slavery is not African history. Slavery interrupted African history. - Author: Mutabaruka
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#52. We have a wonderful history behind us ... If you are unable to demonstrate to the world that you have this record, the world will say to you, 'You are not worthy to enjoy the blessings of democracy or anything else'. - Author: Carter G. Woodson
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#53. The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years. - Author: Bernie Sanders
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#54. I always say African American history is the quintessential American story. It's about perseverance and resilience - something everyone can relate to. - Author: Philip Freelon
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#55. Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can. - Author: Arthur Ashe
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#56. The best of humanity's recorded history is a creative balance between horrors endured and victories achieved, and so it was during the Harlem Renaissance. - Author: Aberjhani
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#57. 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
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#58. The mainstreaming of African American history was a byproduct of the long black freedom struggle, the early black history movement, and the black student movement of the Black Power era. - Author: Pero Gaglo Dagbovie
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#59. At its core, black theology is predicated on the assertion that God has a unique relationship with African Americans. God is not a passive bystander in human history but rather an active participant in the struggles of oppressed and dispossessed people. - Author: Melissa V. Harris-Perry
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#60. South African history did not start in 1652. - Author: Nick Wood
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#61. Haiti was founded by African slaves who rose against their European masters, had a revolution, and created a new state. There is no other such event in Western history. - Author: Madison Smartt Bell
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#62. I wanted my art to deal with very formal concerns and to deal with very material concerns, and to deal with antecedents and art history, which for me go very far beyond just the influence of African-American artists. - Author: Rashid Johnson
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#63. We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness. - Author: Yvette Clarke
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#64. What comes forth from you as an artist cannot be controlled. But you have responsibilities as a global citizen. Your history dictates your duty. And by writing about black people, you are not limiting yourself. The experiences of African-Americans are as wide open as God's closet. - Author: August Wilson
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#65. When President Roosevelt signed Social Security into law in 1935, 65 percent of African Americans nationally and between 70 and 80 percent in the South were ineligible. - Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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#66. The lives of African-Americans in this country are characterized by violence for most of our history. Much of that violence, at least to some extent, you know, done by the very state that's supposed to protect them. - Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
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#67. It [the Harlem Renaissance] was a time of black individualism, a time marked by a vast array of characters whose uniqueness challenged the traditional inability of white Americans to differentiate between blacks. - Author: Clement Alexander Price
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#68. I have a long history in fighting for civil rights. I understand that many people in the African-American community may not understand that. - Author: Bernie Sanders
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#69. I think young people don't really know that much about the Civil Rights Movement and about the history of African Americans in this country. It's not taught enough in school. - Author: Don Lemon
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#70. It's important that young people know about the struggles we faced to get to the point we are today. Only then will they appreciate the hard-won freedom of blacks in this country. - Author: Amelia Boynton Robinson
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#71. I'm very interested in heritage restoration, and I'm working with a group of people to create a number of academies and performance spaces to encourage native arts and crafts and to explore African history. - Author: Hugh Masekela
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#72. For so-called conscious rappers, it is an opportunity to rap about ways to educate others about African American history, politics and even relationships: all of which would be missed if society merely focused on the "hook" and ignored the influence. - Author: Carlos Wallace
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#73. Yet, thousands of africans and young african youths have failed to acknowledge the significant of what madiba gave them. To me, he be called the pride in black skin and the freedom we are enjoying - Author: Victor Adeagbo
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#74. Is it possible for white America to really understand blacks' distrust of the legal system, their fears of racial profiling and the police, without understanding how cheap a black life was for so long a time in our nation's history? - Author: Philip Dray
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#75. Of course, all students should learn African history, as they should learn the history of other continents and major civilizations. But this history should be taught accurately and based on the best scholarship, not ideology or politics. - Author: Diane Ravitch
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#76. Trayvon Martin, at the most, seems only to have been guilty of being himself. - Author: Aberjhani
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#77. The southward advance of native African farmers with Central African crops halted in Natal, beyond which Central African crops couldn't grow - with enormous consequences for the recent history of South Africa. - Author: Jared Diamond
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#78. I write to breath life back into memory to remind African-Americans of our rich and textured history. I also see myself as a "root," and for me the "fierce winds" include the marginalization-the downright segregation-of literature written by people of color. - Author: Bernice L. McFadden
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#79. Trading and religion have always been aligned together in the history of the world, and especially on the African continent. - Author: Wole Soyinka
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#80. The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism - the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the widespread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. - Author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
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#81. My Native American heritage was not embraced by our family, and we grew up African-American, so I didn't have a lot of access or history to that line of my family. - Author: Tamara Tunie
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#82. For African-American people, I am in the business of inventing a reality that gives a different perspective - on history, on crime, on art, on love. - Author: John Edgar Wideman
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#83. To misbehave us to denounce the social norms that limit individuals based on who they are. That to make history is to upset patriarchy, a system that is intent on controlling and marginalising others. - Author: Malebo Sephodi
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