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African-American Writers Quotes & Writings

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What have writers like James Baldwin, Ralph Waldo Ellison and W.E.B. DuBois written? Take a look at these quotes from African-American writers.
  • "One ever feels his twoness-an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder."
    - W.E.B. DuBois

  • "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."
    - Ralph Waldo Ellison

  • "There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past."
    - Ernest J. Gaines

  • "I like to tell the truth as I see it. That's why literature is so important. We cannot possibly leave it to history as a discipline nor to sociology nor science nor economics to tell the story of our people. It's not a ladder we are climbing, it's literature we're producing, and there will always be someone to read it."
    - Nikki Giovanni

  • "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."
    - Martin Luther King, Jr

  • "Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work."
    - Booker T. Washington

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