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African American Expression

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  1. I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted.
    --Jesse Jackson, 1969

  2. A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.
    --Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jacksonn: The Man, The Movement, The Myth, 1975


  3. I sing the songs that people need to hear.
    --Etta James


  4. Most of the songs I sing have that blues feeling in it. They have that sorry feeling. And I don't know what I'm sorry about.
    --Etta James


  5. My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own to it. I'd like to think I did that.
    --Etta James


  6. When I'm performing for the people, I am me, then. I am that little girl who, when she was five years old, used to sing at church. Or I'm that 15-year-old young lady who wanted to be grown and wanted to sing and couldn't wait to be smokin' a cigarette, you know?
    --Etta James


  7. You can't fake this music. You might be a great singer or a great musician but, in the need, that's got nothing to do with it. It's how you connect to the songs and to the history behind them.
    --Etta James


  8. We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda?
    --Judith Jamison, 1994


  9. I don't know where we got the notion that God wants us to suffer. Every living thing tends toward the good or we would have been gone a long time ago.
    --Al Jarreau


  10. I made a lot of mistakes out of the ring, but I never made any in it.
    --Jack Johnson, 1910


  11. It is never right to play ragtime fast.
    --Scott Joplin


  12. When I'm dead twenty-five years, people are going to begin to recognize me.
    --Scott Joplin


  13. "We, the people." It is a very eloquent beginning. But when that document [the Preamble to the US Constitution] was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787 I was not included in that "We, the people." I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation and court decision I have finally been included in "We, the people."
    --Barbara C. Jordan, statement beefore the House Judiciary Committee, July 25, 1974


  14. The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.
    --Michael Jordan, 1987


  15. I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
    --Michael Jordan, I Can't Accept Not Trying, 1994


  16. When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
    --James Earl Jones, Voices and Silences, 1993


  17. Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds, you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race.
    --James Earl Jones


  18. One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.
    --James Earl Jones


  19. The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will loose.
    --James Earl Jones


  20. Your own need to be shines out of any dream or creation you imagine.
    --James Earl Jones




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