OUR STORY: Words from Stars of Our FEBRUARY Sky!

Posted on February 6, 2014 by

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OUR STORY:
Words of Wisdom, Vision & Courage from
Stars of Our FEBRUARY Sky

“It is the duty of the younger Negro (Black) artist . . . to change through the force of his art that old whispering “I want to be white,” hidden in the aspirations of his people, to “Why should I want to be white? I am a Negro (Black) and beautiful!”
“I tire so of hearing people say, let things take their course. Tomorrow is another day. I do not need my freedom when I’m dead. I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.” ~ Langston Hughes
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“The prejudice which some white men have, or affect to have, against my color gives me no pain. If any man does not fancy my color, that is his business, and I shall not meddle with it. I shall give myself Rock, John S.no trouble because he lacks good taste. . . . I will not deny that I admire the talents and noble characters of many white men. But I cannot say that I am particularly pleased with their physical appearance. If old mother nature had held out as well as she commenced, we should, probably, have had fewer varieties in the races. When I contrast the fine tough muscular system, the beautiful, rich color, the full broad features, and the gracefully frizzled hair of the Negro, with the delicate physical organization, wan color, sharp features and lank hair of the Caucasian, I am inclined to believe that when the white man was created, nature was pretty well exhausted — but determined to keep up appearances, she pinched up his features, and did the best she could under the circumstances. . . .

“I would have you understand, that I not only love my race, but am pleased with my color; and while many colored persons may feel degraded by being called negroes, and wish to be classed among other races more favored, I shall feel it my duty, my pleasure and my pride, to concentrate my feeble efforts in elevating to a fair position a race to which I am especially identified by feelings and by blood. . . .

“My friends, we can never become elevated until we are true to ourselves. . . . Let us go to work—each man in his place, determined to do what he can for himself and his race. Let us try to carry out some of the resolutions which we have made, and are so fond of making. . . . Whenever the colored man is elevated, it will be by his own exertions.
~ Dr. John S. Rock;
delivered March 5, 1858 in a speech in response to the Dred Scott decision, as part of the annual Crispus Attucks Day observance organized by Boston’s black abolitionists.
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“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

“I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back. My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype. I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back.”
~ Rosa Parks
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“Baseball is a lot like the ivy-covered wall of Wrigley Field–it gives off a great appearance, but when you run into it, you discover the bricks underneath. At times, it seems that we’re dealing with a group of men who aren’t much different than others we’ve all run into over the years, except they wear neckties instead of robes and hoods.”

“The only thing I can say is that I had a rough time with it. I don’t talk about it much. It still hurts a little bit inside, because I think it has chipped away at a part of my life that I will never have again. I didn’t enjoy myself. It was hard for me to enjoy something that I think I worked very hard for. God had given me the ability to play baseball, and people in this country kind of chipped away at me. So, it was tough. And all of those things happened simply because I was a black person.” ~ Hank Aaron
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“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”

“The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her.”

“Life and Jah are one in the same. Jah is the gift of existence. I am in some way eternal, I will never be duplicated. The singularity of every man and woman is Jah’s gift. What we struggle to make of it is our sole gift to Jah. The process of what that struggle becomes, in time, the Truth.”

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be. But before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.” ~ Bob Marley
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“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.”

“Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one’s own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.” ~ Leroy “Satchel” Paige
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“You’ve got to jump through all kinds of hoops to vote in America.”
~ Ron H. Brown (Comparing America’s voter registration procedures with those of other industrialized democracies.)
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“We learn to make a shell for ourselves when we are young and then spend the rest of our lives hoping for someone to reach inside and touch us. Just touch us—anything more than that would be too much for us to bear.”

“Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.” ~ Bill Russell
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“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” ~ Coach Eddie Robinson
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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

“Nature has given woman the same powers, and subjected her to the same earth, breathes the same air, subsists on the same food, physical, moral, mental and spiritual. She has, therefore, an equal right with man, in all efforts to obtain and maintain a perfect existence.”

“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” ~ Frederick Douglass
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“It’s the biggest crutch we can ever have: ‘I’m a victim because of what white folks did. I was a slave. I didn’t get a fair shot when I went for the job that they didn’t give to me.’ I look and say, Look how you look, m—– —–r. I wouldn’t hire you myself. So let’s deal with the fundamentals, man. Get yourself together and then we can fight the battle.”

“I don’t teach kids to be No. 1. Organizations and people that tell you (that) you have to be No. 1; that’s not it. You don’t have to be No. 1. What I teach is to be as good as you can be. Use what you have and be as good as you can be. That’s all you can do, anyway.” ~ Jim Brown
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“If Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down in the bus in Montgomery, she’d still be standing.”

“The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can’t be done.”

“Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities.” ~ Mary Frances Berry
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“During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was trNEWTON, Hueyy to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire.”

“As far as I am concerned, the (Black Panther) party is a living testament to Malcolm’s life work. I do not claim that the party has done what Malcolm would have done. Many others say that their programs are Malcolm’s program. We do not say this, but Malcolm’s spirit is in us.”

“By surrendering my life to the revolution, I found eternal life.” ~ Huey P. Newton

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“ . . . Children need a sense of pulling their own weight, of contributing to the family in some way, and some sense of the family’s interdependence. They take pride in knowing that they’re contributing. They learn responsibility and discipline through meaningful work. The values developed within a family that operates on those principles then extend to the society at large. By not being quite so indulged and “protected” from reality by overflowing abundance, children see the bonds that connect them to others.”

“Child psychologists have demonstrated that our minds are actually constructed by these thousands of tiny interactions during the first few years of life. We aren’t just what we’re taught. It’s what we experience during those early years – a smile here, a jarring sound there – that creates the pathways and connections of the brain. We put our kids to fifteen years of quick-cut advertising, passive television watching, and sadistic video games, and we expect to see emerge a new generation of calm, compassionate, and engaged human beings?”

“As a man, I’ve been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents.” ~ Sidney Poitier

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“What (we) had in Jonesboro is that since we can’t get the local officials to protect us in our community, our neighborhood, let’s back up on the constitution of the United States and say that we can bear arms. We have a right to defend ourselves since the legally designated authorities won’t do it. So this is all we done. That’s all.”
~ Robert Hicks, Deacons for Defense, Bogalusa, La.

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“More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.”

“A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.”

“But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.” ~ Barbara Jordan
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“It was not enough to come and listen to a great sermon or message every Sunday morning and be confined to those four walls and those four corners. You had to get out and do something.”

“To make it hard, to make it difficult almost impossible for people to cast a vote is not in keeping with the democratic process.” ~ Congressman John Lewis
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DuBOIS, W.E.B.“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”

“The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin–the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world.”

“Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.”

“The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world’s need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get. Without this — with work which you despise, which bores you, and which the world does not need — this life is hell.”

“[We need reforms] to make the Negro church a place where colored men and women of education and energy can work for the best things regardless of their belief or disbelief in unimportant dogmas and ancient and outworn creeds.” ~ W.E.B. DuBois
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“There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move – and he, in turn, waits for you.” ~ Marian Anderson

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