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Federated Freedom Struggles: Selected Student Quotes

Honors Modern Western Civilizations Spring 2021

Quotes

“I, too, am America.” - Langston Hughes

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you, and say you enjoyed it”-Zora Neale Hurston

 “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” - James Baldwin

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” - James Baldwin

“Until the killing of black men, black mother's sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.” – Ella Baker

"Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process, we don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones."-John Boyega

“We who believe in freedom cannot rest.” – Ella Baker

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.”

-James Baldwin

“Freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” Loving v. Virginia

“You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” ~Malcolm X

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” – Harriett Tubman

“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” – Martin Luther King

“If we have honestly acknowledged our painful but shared past, then we can have reconciliation.” Elizabeth Eckford

“You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe. You have to have courage, raw courage.” John Lewis

“I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all-powerful and will prevail.” Sojourner Truth

“When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don’t speak out ain’t nobody going to speak out for you.” -Fannie Lou Hamer

“Until the killing of black men, black mother's sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.” Ella Baker

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass

“To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.” Bayard Rustin