Tag Archives: African American History Month

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

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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