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The Profoundest Mystery of the Universe

Copyright by R.A. Robbins 2017

“The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.” — Charles W. Chesnutt, author, essayist, political activist and lawyer

Do You Know the Delany Sisters?

“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” — Sadie Delany 

Genie’s Note:  I was not familiar with Sadie Delany so I looked her up.  It was a pleasure to get to know a little bit about her. 

 http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/26/nyregion/sadie-delany-witness-to-century-dies-at-109.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Having_Our_Say:_The_Delany_Sisters%27_First_100_Years

Protest Openly

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything… that smacks of discrimination or slander.”

— Mary McLeod Bethune,  American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist 

People Pay for What They Do

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”

— James Baldwin, American Novelist and Social Critic

I Am America

 

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.” 

Muhammad Ali  ( Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.)  American Professional Boxer and Activist

It’s Not the Load …

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

 “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” 

– Lena Horne, American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist

I Know Who I Am

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am. “

– Michelle Obama, American lawyer,  writer and former First Lady of the United States

An Equal Chance in the Battle of Life

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.” — Robert Smalls, Slave who went on to serve in the South Carolina State legislature and the United States House of Representatives

We’re All Teachers

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.”

—  Marla Gibbs, American actress, comedian, singer, writer and producer,
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/positive

Sojourner Truth in Her Own Words

Born a slave,  Isabella Bomfree  (or Baumfree) gained her freedom with the help of an abolitionist family.  She later took the name Sojourner Truth and became a public speaker, itinerant preacher and advocate for abolition, temperance, and civil and women’s rights in the nineteenth century.  I first learned about Sojourner Truth in school.  Then as a your adult I became interested in her for her role in the Suffrage Movement.  Her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech especially moved me.

I have decided to let Sojourner Truth speak in her own words.  What follows are several quotes attributed to her, beginning with her explanation for her change of name.  For more information on Sojourner Truth please see the links below.

Now Sojourner Truth in her own words:

“The Lord gave me ‘Sojourner,’ because I was to travel up an’ down the land, showin’ the people their sins an’ bein’ a sign unto them. Afterwards, I told the Lord I wanted another name ’cause everybody else had two names, and the Lord gave me ‘Truth,’ because I was to declare the truth to people.” — Sojourner Truth
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/sojourner_truth_802921

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“Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.”
Sojourner Truth


“I am above eighty years old … I suppose I am about the only colored woman that goes about to speak for the rights of the colored women. I want to keep the thing stirring, now that the ice is cracked.”
Sojourner Truth

“Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter”
Sojourner Truth

For More Information:

http://www.sojournertruth.org/

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/sojourner-truth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth