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250+ Powerful Harlem Renaissance Quotes

The Harlem Renaissance is considered The revival or transformation of the African American community. It was Primarily a literary movement, but did include art, music, theater and politics. It was the The first time in the history publishers took African American literature seriously. A strong expression of racial pride and desire for social and political equality came through it.

Characterizing the Harlem Renaissance was an overt racial pride that came to be represented in the idea of the New Negro, who through intellect and production of literature, art, and music could challenge the pervading racism and stereotypes to promote progressive or socialist politics, and racial and social integration. The creation of art and literature would serve to "uplift" the race.

The Harlem Renaissance was successful in that it brought the Black experience clearly within the corpus of American cultural history. Not only through an explosion of culture, but on a sociological level, the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance redefined how America, and the world, viewed African Americans. The migration of southern Blacks to the north changed the image of the African American from rural, undereducated peasants to one of urban, cosmopolitan sophistication.

This is a collection of Harlem Renaissance Quotes from Harlem Renaissance Writers.

Langston Hughes Quotes

I, too, sing America. I, too, am America. Langston Hughes
Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. Langston Hughes
Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it. Langston Hughes
My soul has grown deep like the rivers. Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes
We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line. Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode? Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston Quotes

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. Zora Neale Hurston
There are years that ask questions and years that answer. Zora Neale Hurston
The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell. Zora Neale Hurston
Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat! Zora Neale Hurston
It's a funny thing, the less people have to live for, the less nerve they have to risk losing nothing. Zora Neale Hurston
The man who interprets Nature is always held in great honor. Zora Neale Hurston
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  • Claude McKay Quotes

    We are like trees. We wear all colors naturally. Claude McKay
    Nations, like plants and human beings, grow. And if the development is thwarted they are dwarfed and overshadowed. Claude McKay
    Human dignity is more precious than prestige. Claude McKay
    The Europeans fight to exterminate us and call it civilizing us. Claude McKay
    If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything. Claude McKay
    It's when you are down that you learn about your faults. Claude McKay
    If we must die, O let us nobly die. Claude McKay

    Jessie Redmon Fauset Quotes

    To be a colored man in America ... and enjoy it, you must be greatly daring, greatly stolid, greatly humorous and greatly sensitive. And at all times a philosopher. Jessie Redmon Fauset
    Biology transcends society. Jessie Redmon Fauset
    The Complex of color...every colored man feels it sooner or later. It gets in the way of his dreams, of his education, of his marriage, of the rearing of his children. Jessie Redmon Fauset
    Aviation is poetry ... It's the finest kind of moving around, you know, just as poetry is the finest way of using words. Jessie Redmon Fauset
    The old aphorisms are basically sound. First impressions are lasting. Jessie Redmon Fauset
    There are some things which an individual might want, but which he’d just have to give up forever for the sake of the more important whole. Jessie Redmon Fauset
    There is no peace with you Nor any rest! Your presence is a torture to the brain. Your words are barbed arrows to the breast. Jessie Redmon Fauset
    The white world is feverishly anxious to know of our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams. Organization is our strongest weapon. Jessie Redmon Fauset

    Jean Toomer Faucet Quotes

    The realization of ignorance is the first act of knowing. Jean Toomer Faucet
    People mistake their limitations for high standards. Jean Toomer Faucet
    Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles. Jean Toomer Faucet
    Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own. Jean Toomer Faucet
    Men try to run life according to their wishes; life runs itself according to necessity. Jean Toomer Faucet
    We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. Jean Toomer Faucet
    Call them from their houses, and teach them to dream. Jean Toomer Faucet
    Night winds in Georgia are vagrant poets, whispering. Jean Toomer Faucet

    Nella Larsen Quotes

    It hurt. It hurt like hell. But it didn’t matter, if no one knew. Nella Larsen
    Everything can't be explained by some general biological phrase. Nella Larsen
    To each his own milieu. Enhance what was already in one's possession. Nella Larsen
    Did that woman, could that woman, somehow know that here before her very eyes on the roof of the Drayton sat a Negro? Absurd! Nella Larsen
    She laughed and the ringing bells in her laugh had a hard metallic sound. Nella Larsen
    The far-off interest of tears. Nella Larsen

    James Weldon Johnson Quotes

    Lift every voice and sing. James Weldon Johnson
    It’s no disgrace to be black, but it’s often very inconvenient. James Weldon Johnson
    Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune. James Weldon Johnson
    Washington shows the Negro not only at his best, but also at his worst. James Weldon Johnson
    It is strange how in some things honest people can be dishonest without the slightest compunction. James Weldon Johnson
    Every race and every nation should be judged by the best it has been able to produce, not by the worst. James Weldon Johnson
    [R]acial supremacy is merely a matter of dates in history. James Weldon Johnson
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  • Countee Cullen Quotes

    Never love with all your heart, It only ends in aching. Countee Cullen
    There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call 'the breaks. Countee Cullen
    My poetry has become the way of my giving out what music is within me. Countee Cullen
    Whatever lives is granted breath But by the grace and sufferance of Death. Countee Cullen
    The key to all strange things is in thy heart..../ My spirit has come home, that sailed the doubtful seas. Countee Cullen
    We shall not always plant while others reap. Countee Cullen
    The loss of love is a terrible thing; They lie who say that death is worse. Countee Cullen

    W. E. B. Du Bois Quotes

    The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Make yourself do unpleasant things so as to gain the upper hand of your soul. W. E. B. Du Bois
    The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line. W. E. B. Du Bois
    Every argument for Negro suffrage is an argument for women's suffrage. W. E. B. Du Bois
    How hard a thing is life to the lowly, and yet how human and real! W. E. B. Du Bois
    It is African scholars themselves who will create the ultimate Encyclopaedia Africana. W. E. B. Du Bois
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    Alain Locke Quotes

    We must never forget that the dance is the cradle of Negro music. Alain LeRoy Locke
    Art must discover and reveal the beauty which prejudice and caricature have overlaid. Alain LeRoy Locke
    The younger generation is vibrant with a new psychology; the new spirit is awake in the masses . . . Each generation . . . will have its creed. Alain LeRoy Locke
    All classes of people under social pressure are permeated with a common experience; they are emotionally welded as others cannot be.
    With them, even ordinary living has epic depth and lyric intensity, and this, their material handicap, is their spiritual advantage. Alain Locke Alain LeRoy Locke
    The Younger Generation comes, bringing its gifts. They are the first fruits of the Negro Renaissance. Youth speaks, and the voice of the New Negro is heard. Alain LeRoy Locke

    Angelina Grimke Quotes

    I recognize no rights but human rights. Angelina Grimke
    It is through the tongue, the pen, and the press that truth is principally propagated. Angelina Grimke
    Can you not see that women could do and would do a hundred times more for the slave, if she were not fettered? Angelina Grimke
    We Abolition Women are turning the world upside down. Angelina Grimke
    If a law commands me to sin I will break it; if it calls me to suffer, I will let it take its course unresistingly. Angelina Grimke
    The ground upon which you stand is holy ground:never-never surrender it. Angelina Grimke
    We Abolition Women are turning the world upside down. Angelina Grimke
    One who is a slaveholder at heart never recognizes a human being in a slave. Angelina Grimke
    Slavery always has, and always will produce insurrections wherever it exists, because it is a violation of the natural order of things. Angelina Grimke

    Dorothy West Quotes

    There is no life that does not contribute to history. Dorothy West
    Beauty is but skin deep, ugly to the bone. And when beauty fades away, ugly claims its own. Dorothy West
    If the Best is yet to come, the Present will blend with it Beautifully. Dorothy West
    Identity is not inherent. It is shaped by circumstance and sensitivity and resistance to self-pity. Dorothy West
    I'm a writer. I don't cook and I don't clean. Dorothy West
    I never knew a man who got so hurt in his pocketbook. Dorothy West

    Wallace Thurman Quotes

    We are mere journeymen, planting seeds for someone else to harvest. Wallace Thurman
    Color prejudice and religion are akin in one respect. Some folks have it and some don't, and the kernel that is responsible for it is present in us all. Wallace Thurman
    I am reminded again that the greatest phrase ever written is words, words, words. Wallace Thurman
    Too busy in this respect to be violently aroused by problems of race unless economic factors precipitated matters. Wallace Thurman
    Being a Negro writer these days is a racket and I'm going to make the most of it while it lasts. About twice a year I sell a story. It is acclaimed. I am a genius in the making. Thank God for this Negro literary renaissance. Long may it flourish. Wallace Thurman
    The Negro and all things negroid had become a fad, and Harlem had become a shrine to which feverish pilgrimages were in order ... Seventh Avenue was the gorge into which Harlem cliff dwellers crowded to promenade. Wallace Thurman
    I cannot bear to associate with the ordinary run of people. I have to surround myself with individuals who for the most part are more than a trifle insane. Wallace Thurman

    Georgia Douglas Johnson Quotes

    Rise with the hour for which you were made. Georgia Douglas Johnson
    Your world is as big as you make it. Georgia Douglas Johnson
    The strong demand, contend, prevail; the beggar is a fool. Georgia Douglas Johnson
    Against the day of sorrow/Lay by some trifling thing/A smile, a kiss, a flower,/For sweet remembering. Georgia Douglas Johnson
    I want to die while you love me, While yet you hold me fair, While laughter lies upon my lips, And lights are in my hair. Georgia Douglas Johnson
    I believe in the ultimate justice of Fate. Georgia Douglas Johnson
    Let’s build bridges here and there, Or sometimes, just a spiral stair. Georgia Douglas Johnson

    Alice Dunbar Nelson Quotes

    It's punishment to be compelled to do what one doesn't wish. Alice Dunbar Nelson
    Nothing will do me any good unless I learn to control this body of mine. Alice Dunbar Nelson
    The rainbow is elusive, and its colors but the illumination of tears. Alice Dunbar Nelson
    Didacticism is the death of art. Alice Dunbar Nelson
    Nothing will do me any good unless I learn to control this body of mine. Alice Dunbar Nelson
    I am profoundly in the D’s – discouraged, depressed, disheartened, disgusted. Alice Dunbar Nelson
    Every new fad or fashion at once has its denouncers from the pulpit, platform, professor’s chair. Alice Dunbar Nelson

    Aaron Douglas Quotes

    I would be the worst acting coach ever, because I have no idea what I'm doing. Aaron Douglas
    I'm a chubby middle-aged white guy with short hair. I think that's it, really. I kind of have a look. Right now, I'm not fat enough to be the fat friend, but I'm not thin enough to be the leading man, so I look like a cop. Aaron Douglas
    I don't like shows that are predictable. I like it when you're shocked and you have no idea who's about to die. Aaron Douglas
    The great thing about 'Battlestar' was that it was basically 'Star Wars' but once a week, as opposed to waiting for three years for the movie to come out. I was a huge 'Battlestar' fan. Aaron Douglas
    My buddy tells me a lot of interesting stories about what goes on in prison - it just makes my head spin about what they deal with on a day-to-day basis. Aaron Douglas

    Helene Johnson Quotes

    To climb a hill that hungers for the sky, To dig my hands wrist deep in pregnant earth. Helene Johnson
    He catches dust o’ dreams to carry in his sack,/ The dust a falling star leaves shining in its track. Helene Johnson
    Your perfect body and your pompous gait, Your dark eyes flashing solemnly with hate. Helene Johnson
    There is no mortal art / Can overcome Time's deep, corroding rust. / Let Love's beginning expiate Love's end. Helene Johnson

    Sterling Brown Quotes

    Always have an attitude of gratitude. Sterling Brown
    With any sort of entertainment, you hope people are entertained. Sterling Brown
    Any great art is meant to illuminate the human condition. Sterling Brown
    The prism through which you experience life is so unique. There is no objective experience. Sterling Brown
    Running gives me the confidence to be at my peak throughout the rest of my day. Sterling Brown
    In my mind, I'm still this kid from St. Louis, Missouri, that nobody really knows. Sterling Brown
    You can't play someone and judge them at the same time. Sterling Brown

    Gwendolyn B. Bennett Quotes

    Around a heathen fire Of a strange black race. Gwendolyn B. Bennett
    Memory will lay its hands upon your breast, and you will understand my hatred. Gwendolyn B. Bennett
    Silence is a sounding thing, To one who listens hungrily. Gwendolyn B. Bennett
    All eager-lipped I kissed the mouth of Death. Gwendolyn B. Bennett
    Silence is a sounding thing, To one who listens hungrily. Gwendolyn B. Bennett

    Richard Bruce Nugent Quotes

    How does one go about getting an introduction to a fictional character? Richard Bruce Nugent
    A silhouette am I/On the face of the moon/Lacking color/Or vivid brightness. Richard Bruce Nugent

    Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr. Quotes

    Neber min' folks' good opinion, So you habe a way to slay it. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    Go train your head and hands to do, Your head and heart to dare. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    A thousand years of darkness in her face, She turns at last from out the centurys' blight. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    Why do men smile when I speak, And call my speech The whimperings of a babe That cries but knows not what it wants? Is it because I am black? Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    Of the pale, blue sky above, There is naught that the stars tell, each to each. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    For countless spirits within me dwell/With heaven's efflugence or dark hell. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    From your life's blood to coin a trenchant word--/ The past, the present and the future's ken/ To hold--and weave it to a ringing chord/ That sounds within the changing hearts of men. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    With the silvery moon to whisper to, And the golden stars to kiss, mid the blue. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.
    In a dark and placid sea, Bring memories of a golden night. Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.

    Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr. Quotes

    Train your head and hands to do, your head and heart to dare. Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr.
    The flowers take the tearsof the weeping night; And give them to the sunfor the day's delight. Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr.
    Let lessons of stern yesterdays . . . be your food, your drink, your rest. Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr.
    O God, give me words to make my dream-children live. Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.
    Let lessons of stern yesterdays . . . be your food, your drink, your rest. Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.

    Carl Van Vechten Quotes

    Is a little experience too much to pay for learning to know oneself? Carl Van Vechten
    There are ... two kinds of people in this world, those who long to be understood and those who long to be misunderstood. It is the irony of life that neither is gratified. Carl Van Vechten
    A thing of beauty is a boy forever. Carl Van Vechten
    The cat seldom interferes with other people's rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life. Carl Van Vechten
    Cats seldom make mistakes, and they never make the same mistake twice. Carl Van Vechten
    Cleanliness in the cat world is usually a virtue put above godliness. Carl Van Vechten
    A cat is never vulgar. Carl Van Vechten
    There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage. Carl Van Vechten
    An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old. Carl Van Vechten

    Marcus Garvey Quotes

    Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will. Marcus Garvey
    The whole world is run on bluff. Marcus Garvey
    If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. Marcus Garvey
    Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds! Marcus Garvey
    Look for me in the whirlwind or the storm. Marcus Garvey
    Real men laugh at opposition; real men smile when enemies appear. Marcus Garvey
    A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey
    The pen is mightier than the sword, but the tongue is mightier than them both put together. Marcus Garvey
    Do not remove the kinks from your hair - remove them from your brain. Marcus Garvey
    With confidence, you have won before you have started. Marcus Garvey

    Richard Wright Quotes

    All literature is protest. Richard Wright
    The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination. Richard Wright
    Men simply copied the realities of their hearts when they built prisons. Richard Wright
    Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books. Richard Wright
    Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. Richard Wright
    Love grows from stable relationships, shared experience, loyalty, devotion, trust. Richard Wright
    Literature is a struggle over the nature of reality. Richard Wright
    Make up your mind, Snail! You are half inside your house, And halfway out! Richard Wright

    Esther Popel Quotes

    Of sunsets and starshine and bird songs/And whispering trees in the Springtime. Esther Popel
    Change me, oh God/ Into a tree in autumn/ And let my dying/ Be a blaze of glory!. Esther Popel
    I pledge allegiance to the flag"— "They dragged him naked"Through the muddy streets, "A feeble-minded black boy!. Esther Popel
    The red-gold sun/Sinking to rest/At day’s end,/Tucking under its chin/The fleecy down comforter/That men call clouds. Esther Popel

    Bessie Smith Quotes

    Listen to my story and everything will come out true. Bessie Smith
    It's a long road, but I know I'm gonna find the end. Bessie Smith
    You been a good old wagon but Daddy you gone done broke down. Bessie Smith
    The Greatest Blues Singer in the World Will Never Stop Singing. Bessie Smith
    I ain't good-lookin', but I'm somebody's angel child. Bessie Smith

    James Baldwin Quotes

    The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin
    Education is indoctrination if you're white - subjugation if you're black. James Baldwin
    The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now. James Baldwin
    It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless. James Baldwin
    To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time. James Baldwin
    The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions. James Baldwin
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  • Rudolph Fisher Quotes

    In Harlem, black was white. You had rights that could not be denied you; you had privileges, protected by law. And you had money. Everybody in Harlem had money. It was a land of plenty. Rudolph Fisher
    The rhythm persisted, the unfaltering common meter of blues, but the blueness itself, the sorrow, the despair, began to give way to hope. Rudolph Fisher
    Angels rush in when fools are almost dead. Rudolph Fisher
    Negro stock is going up, and everyone’s. Rudolph Fisher

    Marita Bonner Quotes

    The one real thing that money buys – Time. Marita Bonner
    You wonder and you wonder until you wander out into Infinity, where – if it is to be found anywhere – Truth really exists. Marita Bonner
    She did not talk to people as if they were strange hard shells she had to crack open to get inside. She talked as if she were already in the shell. In their very shell. Marita Bonner
    What's the need of working if it doesn't get you anywhere? What's the use of boring around in the same hole like a worm? Making the hole bigger to stay in? Marita Bonner
    You can, when Time is ripe, swope to your feet - at your full height - at a single gesture. Ready to go where? Why ... Wherever God motions. Marita Bonner

    Effie Lee Newsome Quotes

    To be brown like thrush and lark! Like the subtle wren so dark! Effie Lee Newsome
    The little birches haunt the hills / In silent, silver masses, / Their violet velvet shadow robes / Beside them on the grasses. Effie Lee Newsome
    Tis a noble gift to be brown, all brown, Like the strongest things that make up this earth. Effie Lee Newsome

    Anne Spencer Quotes

    I proudly love being a Negro woman -- it's so involved and interesting. Anne Spencer
    Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard. Anne Spencer
    One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. Anne Spencer
    Let me learn now where Beauty is; I was born to know her mysteries . . .Anne Spencer
    Is any prophet come to teach a new thing/ Now in a more apt time? Anne Spencer

    Ariel Williams Holloway Quotes

    I know how a volcano must feel/With molten lava/Smoldering in its breast. Ariel Williams Holloway
    A nigger's chance is “finest kind,” An' pretty gals ain't hard to find. Ariel Williams Holloway
    Ah me! conceiv'd in sin, and born in sorrow,/A nothing, here to day, but gone to morrow,/ Whose mean beginning, blushing can't reveal. Ariel Williams Holloway

    Louis Armstrong Quotes

    You blows who you is. Louis Armstrong
    If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know. Louis Armstrong
    You've got to be good or as bad as the devil. When you're dead, you're done. Louis Armstrong
    Each man has his own music bubbling up inside him. Louis Armstrong
    My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn. Louis Armstrong
    Don't do nothing halfway, else you find yourself dropping more than can be picked up. Louis Armstrong
    I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right - shame on you. Louis Armstrong
    There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them. Louis Armstrong

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    Lois Mailou Jones Quotes

    The wonderful thing about being an artist is that there is no end to creative expression. Painting is my life; my life is painting. Lois Mailou Jones
    Mine is a quiet exploration—a quest for new meanings in color, texture and design. Even though I sometimes portray scenes of poor and struggling people, it is a great joy to paint. Lois Mailou Jones

    Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Quotes

    Art must be the quintessence of meaning. Creative art means that you create yourself. Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

    Anita Scott Coleman Quotes

    Black men are the tall trees that remain standing in a forest after a fire. Anita Scott Coleman
    The baby I hold in my arms is a black baby./Today I set him in the sun and/ Sunbeams danced on his head. Anita Scott Coleman
    It was a drab street/A white man's street . . ./Jammed with automobiles/Streetcars and trucks;/Bee-hived with fruit vendors' stalls,/Real estate concerns, meat shops,........./ Wondering the while/ At the wonder--/ Of the black man's smile. Anita Scott Coleman
    My black baby looks at me. His eyes are like coals, They shine like diamonds. Anita Scott Coleman

    Arna Bontemps Quotes

    How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored. Arna Bontemps
    Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky. Arna Bontemps
    Is there something we have forgotten? Some precious thing we have lost, wandering in strange lands? Arna Bontemps
    I have sown beside all waters in my day./I planted deep, within my heart the fear/that wind or fowl would take the grain away./I planted safe against this stark, lean year. Arna Bontemps
    For black man, God,/no need to bother more/but only fill afresh his meed/of laughter,/his cup of tears. Arna Bontemps

    Max Eastman Quotes

    A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything. Max Eastman
    People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo. Max Eastman
    A smile is the universal welcome. Max Eastman
    A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke. Max Eastman
    The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. Max Eastman
    Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully. Max Eastman

    Regina M. Anderson Quotes

    The difference between being a librarian and 'working in a library' is not one of position but of attitude - a state of mind. Regina M. Anderson
    I think the inner-city kids are going to lose out on opportunities that other districts may get. I think they lose out already. The schools are different. The activities are different. I think this bill is just going to make things worse instead of better. Regina M. Anderson

    Mae Virginia Cowdery

    Mae Virginia Cowdery was an African-American poet based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is considered part of the wide-ranging artistic efforts inspired by the Harlem Renaissance in New York City.

    Gladys Casely-Hayford Quotes

    Roars up its head in its unceasing quest/ To wear out body, brain and mind and soul. Gladys Casely-Hayford
    Dawn for the rich, the artistic and the wise,/Is beauty splashed on canvas of the skies. Gladys Casely-Hayford
    Rejoice and shout with laughter/Throw all your burdens down,/If God has been so gracious/As to make you black or brown. Gladys Casely-Hayford
    Rejoice and shout with laughter/Throw all your burdens down/Yours is a glorious heritage./If you are black, or brown. Gladys Casely-Hayford

    Eugene Gordon

    Eugene Gordon was a journalist, editor, fiction writer, and social activist. He cofounded and edited the Harlem Renaissance literary magazine Saturday Evening Quill and edited a magazine put out by the Boston John Reed Club. He wrote primarily on subjects related to racial discrimination and social justice.

    Lewis Grandison Alexander Quotes

    The sky hangs heavy tonight/Like the hair of a Negro woman. Lewis Grandison Alexander
    The earth trembles tonight/ Like the quiver of a Negro woman’s eye-lids cupping tears. ewis Grandison Alexander
    Life goes by moving,/Up and down a chain of moods/Wanting what’s nothing. Lewis Grandison Alexander
    Your step was like a dainty fawn/Breathing the nectared air at dawn. Lewis Grandison Alexander
    Avenues of dreams/Boulevards of pain/Moving black streams/ Shimmering like rain. Lewis Grandison Alexander

    May Miller Quotes

    I love being a member of humankind. May Miller
    We're mankind; we're the most precious thing that is on this earth, and we've got to remember that. May Miller
    My mother, we always said, when she straightened her shoulders and threw her head back, we knew we were doing something wrong! May Miller
    I have often said that my brother didn't care for poetry. I should have been born, and that book should be dedicated to me! May Miller
    Well, everybody born is blessed with life. And I think that some have a strain that leads towards this in life; another has a strain that leads to a situation in life. May Miller
    I cannot give up hope. I must not. I must hope for the generations to come, that there will be a deep appreciation of the beauty of this city. May Miller

    Edythe Mae Gordon

    Edythe Mae Gordon was an African-American writer of short stories and poetry during the era of the Harlem Renaissance.

    Eulalie Spence

    Eulalie Spence was a writer, teacher, director, actress and playwright from the British West Indies. She was an influential member of the Harlem Renaissance, writing fourteen plays, at least five of which were published.

    George Schuyler Quotes

    Skin stain that would impart a long-wearing light-brown tinge to the pigment. George Schuyler
    The South had always been identified with the Negro, and vice versa. George Schuyler
    What mattered such little things when the very foundation of civilization, white supremacy, was threatened? George Schuyler
    His followers are scarcer than Jews in the Vatican. George Schuyler
    Hatred and prejudice always go over big. These people have been raised on the Negro problem, they’re used to it. George Schuyler
    There is no such thing as Negro dialect, except in literature and drama. George Schuyler
    Negroes around them enviously admired their clear white skins. George Schuyler
    A lifetime of being Negroes in the United States had convinced them that there was great advantage in being white. George Schuyler

    William Grant Still Quotes

    It is unfortunate for a man of color who is ambitious to live in America. William Grant Still
    I harbor no delusions as to the triviality of Blues, the secular folk music of the American Negro. William Grant Still
    I believe that the use of a theme in Blues idiom in a work of this sort for the purpose of welding it together is absolutely unique. And its rhythmic interest should prove to be equally as great as its melodic interest. William Grant Still
    For me there is no White music or Black music - there is only music by individual men that is important if it attempts to dignify all men, not just a particular race. William Grant Still
    It was my good fortune, to be a part of the jazz world when I was young, and when jazz itself was new. William Grant Still
    This was the gift of New England to the freed Negro: not alms, but a friend; not cash, but character. William Grant Still
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