“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”
- The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
- The first decade of the twentieth century was not a great time to be born black and poor and female in St. Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents. Later she would grow up and be called beautiful. As a grown woman she would be known as the butter-colored lady with the blowback hair.
- The hope, the hope that lives in the breast of the black American, is just so tremendous that it overwhelms me sometimes.
- The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
- The language of all the interpretations, the translations, of the Judaic Bible and the Christian Bible, is musical, just wonderful. I read the Bible to myself; I’ll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.
- The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.
- The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.
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