“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
- For a person who grew up in the ’30s and ’40s in the segregated South, with so many doors closed without explanation to me, libraries and books said, ‘Here I am, read me.’ Over time I have learned I am at my best around books.
- Growing up, I decided, a long time ago, I wouldn’t accept any manmade differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else’s insistence or someone else’s whim or convenience.
- Growing up, my grandmother did not want worldly music in the house. Then when I went out to California, I started listening to Spanish music, mostly Mexican music. But were I in Egypt, I would listen to the music of the people, or if I was in Italy, I’d listen to Italian music.
- History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
- Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: ‘I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.’
- How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
- How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.
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