Wisdom from ancestral warriors

A. Peter Bailey | 5/3/2019, 6 a.m.
In 1619, 400 years ago, the first African captives were brought to what is now Virginia. Since that time, many ...

W.E.B. DuBois: “May God write us down as asses if ever again we are found putting trust in either the Republican or Democratic parties.”

Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to raise a strong child than to repair a broken man.”

Marcus Garvey: “Our leader will not be a white man with a black heart nor a black man with a white heart but a black man with a black heart.”

Harold Cruse: “The black man’s one great and present hope is to know and understand Afro-American history.”

Lerone Bennett, Jr.: “Given one way we were forced to live in this society, the miracle is not how so many families are broken, but that so many are still together. That so many black mothers are still raising good children is the incredible toughness and resilience in black people that gives me hope.”

Dr. C. Delores Tucker: “We believe that anyone who will condone, support, produce or profit from gangsta rap is conspirator in the denigration and destruction of the black community. We will not be silent and allow our youth and our community to be murdered. We will not be silent and allow our women to be degraded and denigrated …”

Steven Biko: “The most important weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”

Fannie Lou Hamer: “For three hundred years we’ve given them time. And I’ve been tired so long, now I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. We want a change.”

Though she is not an ancestor, the following advice from Dr. Atallah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, is very pertinent: “Remember when you are with your grandparents, you are holding the hands of history.”

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