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Quote from the character "Nettie" in Alice Walker's The Color Purple submitted by Cheryl P"Nothing but death can keep me from it."
"Powther, there is things about white people that I never will understand. And to tell you the God's honest truth, I don't intend to try. I am a hell of a lot more comfortable, and it gives me a lot more honest-to-God pleasure just to write 'em all down as bastards and leave 'em strictly alone. Live and let live is what I say. I don't bother them and they don't bother me, so we get along fine. If they say the same about me, it's perfectly all right. That means we're even Steven."
Quote by Nikki Giovanni (Source unknown)
"i want to write a poem that rhymes but revolution doesn't lend itself to be-bopping" -
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
from the poem "I'm in love with
potential", the book entitled " the words don't fit in my mouth" - jessica Care moore, Submitted by jennifer ramos
I keep falling in love with potential
But it never seems to work out
He was full of a lot of it
And he was TALL
But potential had a way of becoming diluted with insecurities
And just cause you can see the beauty of someone
Doesn't mean they can see it for themselves......
SISTERFIRE: Black Womanist Fiction And Poetry, edited by Charlotte Watson Sherman, Submitted by Karen S.M. Allwood
"Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it
does not make me angry. It astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my
company? It is beyond me."
From: Sula by Toni Morrison, Submitted by Mecca
"I will put my hand deep into your
soil, lift it, sift it with my fingers, feel its warm surface and dewy chill below...I
will water your soil, keep it rich and moist. But how much? How much water to keep the
loam moist? And how much loam will I need to keep my water still? And when do the two make
"If we must die, let it not be like hogs..."
"but him was real bop
on the cover of the rap weekly
baldheaded with a snarl of spit
hanging from his lower lip
his job was to keep blk boys pointed
From Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man", Submitted by Buck
"When I discover who I am, I'll be free."
From: Pearl Cleage's "What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day", Submitted by Buck
"There's going to be a time when you'll look at
the world and not know what the blazes is going on. Somebody'll be calling you their
mother, their wife, their boss. And it can get confusing, trying to sort it all out, and
you can lose yourself in other people's minds. You can forget what you really want and
believe. So you keep that mirror and when it is crazy outside, you can look inside and
you'll always know exactly where you are and what you are. And you call that peace."
From: A book of poetry found at a local Flea Market entitled, "The Works of Valentino", copyright 1978. Black Renaissance is the name of the essay in a section labeled Valentino on Valentino., Submitted by Virgil Randolph
"I'm a Black Renaissance man and It is my belief that four
things constitute a Black Man's coming of age and they are; a rebirth of spirit that
heightens the senses; a reawakening of the mind that alludes to wisdom; a renewal of the
heart that instills loving, giving, forgiveness and sharing; and a resurrection of the
body that gives him full control of his sensuality and sexuality to the point that he
exercises great responsibility, for these can adversely affect the lives of Black Women
more so than rebirth, reawakening, and renewal combined."
"Beneath the face of anyone you ever loved
for true-anyone you love, you will always love, love is not at the mercy of time and it
does not recognize death, they are strangers to each other-beneath the face of the
beloved, however ancient, ruined, and scarred, is the face of the baby your love once was,
and will always be, for you."