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Benjamin Banneker Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Benjamin Banneker.

I am of the African race, and in the colour which is
natural to them of the deepest dye;
and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude
to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
- Benjamin Banneker

Evil communication corrupts good manners.
I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
- Benjamin Banneker

Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us,
nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
- Benjamin Banneker

The colour of the skin is in no way connected with
strength of the mind or intellectual powers.
- Benjamin Banneker

 

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

When the music changes, so does the dance.
- African Proverb

The African is my brother but he is
my younger brother by several centuries.
- Albert Schweitzer

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Seriously though, my father was the first African American
to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I
grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
- Bobby McFerrin

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist.
- Nat King Cole

Whether or not all this came to pass in an East African ditch,
I wouldn't like to say.
Perhaps it happened in North Africa or further west,
but Africa was definitely the place.
- Richard Leakey

I don't think people have been able to deal with the
fact that African American filmmakers can make movies
about life and relationships.
- Tim Robbins

We talk about freedoms for African-Americans but unless
you have more than one option politically,
how free are you?
- Lynn Swann

Many South African tribes used extracts from the African
bush willow to heal the sick.
- Bob Pettit

Currently, more than 4.7 million African Americans
receive Social Security benefits,
and nearly 8 million people with disabilities depend
on Social Security for their daily sustenance.
- Chaka Fattah

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that
African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish.
Culture is for everybody.
- Spike Lee

Hollywood needs to recognise all shades of African American beauty.
- Gabrielle Union

People identify with me - everyone does -
African American women,
Caucasian women, they all identify with me because I'm ethnic.
- Janice Dickinson

To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African
American as inferior in every way.
- Stephen Ambrose

There is a greater fatigue concerning the African problem
today than five or 10 years ago.
The situation now in Africa is worse today than it was 10 years ago.
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali

I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women,
or women of colour.
I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.
- Denzel Washington

Maybe if I go far enough back into my ancestry,
I have African roots or something.
I've got no idea.
- Mick Taylor

The highest percentage of African Americans own their
own homes today than ever in our nation's history.
- Ed Gillespie

There is an Islamic population in France,
most of which comes from the North African countries.
- Jean-Marie Le Pen

Since Bush has been in office, African-American women
have fallen behind in terms of income and wages.
- Donna Brazile

I knew that there were several, among African-American leaders,
who had been put out by me because of my failure or
reluctance to endorse Sen.
Kerry.
- Rodney Alexander

I think one of the political problems we have in this
country is the perspective that all soccer moms think alike,
all African-Americans think alike.
- Anne Northup

I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.
- Larry Bird

It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Morals are in all countries the result of legislation and government;
they are not African or Asian or European:
they are good or bad.
- Denis Diderot

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
- Vladimir Nabokov

We deliberately used elements from Brazilian music
and from African and Asian music.
Now people can hear that but then it sounded so abstract,
they couldn't hear it.
- Arto Lindsay

If I were to call it black music, that would be untrue.
I don't know what that is, unless it would be some
African drums or something.
- Dexter Gordon

The United States spends more money on African aid
than any nation on earth.
- Tony Snow

Diabetes occurs at twice the rate in the African American
community as it does in white Americans.
- Xavier Becerra

Mbeki began to write a study of the workings of apartheid policy in the reserves -
the areas set aside in law for African occupation -
as early as 1959 and 1960.
- Ruth First

I was taught from a young age that many people would
treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American
and because I was female.
- Queen Latifah

African American children can't be educationally disadvantaged
for 12 years and then experience a miracle cure when
it comes time for admission into college.
- Chaka Fattah

African women in general need to know that it's OK
for them to be the way they are -
to see the way they are as a strength,
and to be liberated from fear and from silence.
- Wangari Maathai

I concentrate on the southern African subcontinent.
- Nigel Dennis

I believe in supporting African solutions to African problems.
- Donald M. Payne

We African Americans have now spent the major part
of the 20th Century battling racism.
- Constance Baker Motley

I was able to do To Sleep with Anger,
a very powerful film about African Americans,
their spirituality, and the things that happened within
a small community and a family.
- Danny Glover

The North African mule talks always of his mother's brother,
the horse, but never of his father, the donkey,
in favor of others supposedly more reputable.
- Clifford Geertz

Without Social Security, poverty rates for African
American seniors would more than double.
- Chaka Fattah

There are probably more annoying things than being
hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish
rock star in a cowboy hat,
but I can't think of one at the moment.
- Paul Theroux

I'd like to see marriage count again among African-Americans
and not just in the society in general.
- Leah Ward Sears

The simple truth is that balding African-American men
look cool when they shave their heads,
whereas balding white men look like giant thumbs.
- Dave Barry

It appears that the present-day form of African American
English is not the inheritance of the period of slavery,
but the creation of the second half of the 20th century.
- William Labov

African-American women account for 67 percent of all
newly diagnosed female AIDS cases.
- Elijah Cummings

First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African.
So Black people need to get the credit for that.
- Carlos Santana

This country is armed to the teeth, and none of these
African states could begin to attack South Africa.
- Helen Suzman

What's really good is African drum music.
- Fiona Apple

Being black, I'm involved in the reparations movement.
It's focused toward the African-American audience.
We could begin to heal.
- Cassandra Wilson

I have strong views about South African politics and
I still don't feel I need to make public statements.
- Zola Budd

I say that I represent this movement because my intellectual
allegiances are clearly European,
not African.
- J. M. Coetzee

The north of the Central African Republic is now a war zone,
with rival armed bands burning villages,
kidnapping children, robbing travelers and killing people with impunity.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

Many African leaders refuse to send their troops on
peace keeping missions abroad because they probably
need their armies to intimidate their own populations.
- Kofi Annan

Sports and entertainment have always been windows of
opportunity for African Americans,
when other doors were closed.
- Lynn Swann

The birth of the African Union should encourage us
to reexamine relations between African States.
- Omar Bongo

According to the American Heart Association,
the prevalence of hypertension in African Americans
in the United States is among the highest in the world.
- Xavier Becerra

The African-American experience is one of the most
important threads in the American tapestry.
- Bill Frist

I think, though, as African-American women,
we are always trained to value our community even at
the expense of ourselves,
and so we attempt to protect the African-American community.
- Anita Hill

The challenges African-Americans are facing today are
rooted in the system of slavery.
- Charles Rangel

Delaware State is no longer a college for African Americans without other choices,
it is a university of choice.
- Michael N. Castle

The first job I had with the Smithsonian was as a field
researcher among African American communities in Southwest
Louisiana and Arkansas for the festival.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

If I can join hands with FIFA and other continental
bodies to promote football globally,
then I can do more than that to raise African football to new heights.
- Roger Milla

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.
- Eliot Engel

Miles Davis was a master.
In every phase of his career, he understood that this
music was a tribute to the African muse.
- Cassandra Wilson

I play, like, 12 instruments.
Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums...
I'm working on mastering the accordion.
- Lucas Grabeel

Because I don't play guitar any more,
African harmonies and rhythms have been an inspiration to me.
I love the raw origin of the sound.
It complements my voice and words naturally.
- Cat Stevens

Take the time to discover how African-Americans have
had a great impact on this country.
In science, education, literature, art,
and politics.
- Lynn Swann


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