honoring Black History Month.

mlk-quote Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

jimi-hendrixWhen the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. — Jimi Hendrix

obamaIf you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking to them in real life. — Barack Obama

anna-deavere-smith-color You have to listen with a heart. I don’t want to sound touchy-feely — it is not. It is very hard work.  — Anna Deavere Smith

john-lewisIf you’re not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you are consistent, you will succeed. — John Lewis

audre-lorde It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize accept and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde

august-wilson Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. — August Wilson

ava-duvernay-color Nonviolence is pretty ballsy, pretty advanced weaponry. — Ava DuVernay

frederick-douglass If there is no struggle, there is no progress. — Frederick Douglass

laverne-cox Every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage everyone to interrogate how we might be an oppressor and how we might become liberator for ourselves and for each other.  — LaVerne Cox

stevie-wonderWe’re stuck in fear and in not wanting to cross that most important bridge of understanding that we’re more alike than not. — Stevie Wonder

mahalia-jackon The mind and the voice by themselves are not sufficient. — Mahalia Jackson

mingus-color Making the simple complicated is commonplace. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple — that’s creativity. — Charles Mingus

rosa-parksIt takes more than one of us to bring about peace. It takes all of us. — Rosa Parks

ornette-colemanHuman existence exists on multiple level, not just on a two-dimensional lefel, not just being identified with what you do and say.  — Ornette Coleman

mos-def-cleanI don’t hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people — and they’re helpless with it.  — Mos Def/Yasiin Bey

bell-hooksWhen we are committed to doing the work of love, we listen even when it hurts. — bell hooks

reggie-watts When in doubt, zoom out. — Reggie Watts

ruby-dee The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.  — Ruby Dee

eubie-blake-color Be grateful for the luck, pay the thunder no mind — listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.  — Eubie Blake

gwen-ifill Change comes from listening, learning, caring and conversation.  — Gwen Ifill

wynton A musician’s whole life is to listen. — Wynton Marsalis

shirley-chisholm Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. — Shirley Chisholm

rza It’s harder to make the glass than break the glass.  –RZA

rupaul You are none of the superficial things that the world deems important. The real you is the energy force that created the universe. — RuPaul

octavia-butler-color Kindness eases change. Love quiets fear.   — Octavia Butler

malcolm-yello There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. — Malcolm X

louis-armstrong I don’t let my mouth say nothing that my head can’t stand. — Louis Armstrong

kareem One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team. But one man cannot make a team.  — Kareem Adbul Jabbar

alice-walker-color Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want. — Alice Walker

dizzy-color When there’s no mutual respect, there’s trouble. — Dizzy Gillespie

hilton-alsYou’re not teaching anyone unless you’re learning yourself. — Hilton Als

james-baldwin I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once the hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with real pain.  — James Baldwin

ray-charles-color There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities. — Ray Charles

sidney-poitier-blueI have always been a learner because I knew nothing.  — Sidney Poitier

russell-simmons-cleanJudgement of the people in the situation is not helpful. How you can help them is the question.  — Russell Simmons

mlk-2Hate is too great a burden to bear. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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