“Patience doesn’t mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that’s unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with.” -Sharon Salzberg
“The problem is not the statistical lack; the problem is that people are squandering their time and resources on the wrong thing.” -Jim Collins
“You talk about slavery, it never begun until after we was supposed to be free.” -Dave Byrd (From, “Tomlinson Hill- The Remarkable Story Of Two Families Who Share The Tomlinson Name- One White, One Black”)
“War. It’s all war because it’s just one war, and that’s the war between those who believe in racism and those who don’t . That’s the only war going on on the planet. Everything else is just battles within that war.” -Neely Fuller Jr.
“Enslaved African Americans used their ingenuity to make inventions for which their masters claimed credit.” -Otha Richard Sullivan
“All institutions in a society should be designed to serve the masses, not just a ‘chosen few.’” -The Black Panthers
“An enemy discovered is an enemy half whipped.” -Napoleon Hill
“I could make millions if I led my people the wrong way, to something I know is wrong. So now I have to make a decision: Step into a billion dollars and denounce my people, or step into poverty and teach them the truth. Damn the money. Damn the heavyweight championship. I will die before I sell out my people for the white man’s money. The wealth of America and the friendship of all the people who support the war would be nothing if I’m not content internally and if I’m not in accord with the will of Almighty Allah.” -Muhammad Ali
“The child arrives to life with little choice but to dress in the behaviors available. We are all mothered by culture and fathered by experience. These are the molds for all human social development.
When culture, our social school, is rendered crippled, and experience, our sensory calculator, registers only unrelenting emotional pain, children have little chance to develop into balanced, well-equipped, and emotionally healthy adults.
The first, immediate, and most important transmitters of social culture and providers of nurture experience are our parents. They cannot give more, however, than they have been given themselves. When the root is damaged, so must be the branch. This was slavery and racial oppression’s long-range promise to a contemporary generation of spirituality and economically impoverished African-Americans.” -Randall Robinson
“The legacy of trauma is reflected in many of our behaviors and beliefs; behaviors and beliefs that at one time were necessary to adopt in order to survive, yet today serve to undermine our ability to be successful.” -Dr. Joy DeGruy