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A Salute to Black History

Understanding Wisdom And FOREVER Appreciating The Past

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Below, right, and left are links that will enrich your knowledge of the past and present selfless contributions made by just a FEW of our MANY great African Americans. As you read the wealth of information on the pages, think about how our world would be today without the selfless contributions and what we have learned from the good and the bad. Also, recognize the unbending focus and intensity of their efforts despite repeated rejections and unfulfilled expectations.


We must continue to remember and respect our heritage (even though one might not agree with the actions of some--it is still history) by never saying good-bye to yesterday, for we are still standing on their shoulders—yesterday made our present possible.  Appreciate OUR Past . . .

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Authors and Poets

 - Alice Walker
 - Nikki Giovanni
 - Zora N. Hurston
 - Toni Morrison
 - Phillis Wheatley 
 - Langston Hughes
 - Maya Angelou
 - Alex Haley

 - John Johnson

 - Melba Beals

 - Eunice Johnson

 - Andre Talley



MORE Writers                           MORE Journalists                   MORE Authors

» John Henrik Clarke » James Weldon Johnson » Alan Locke
» Henry Louis Gates » Gina Prince Bythewood » Jupiter Hammon
» Carter Woodson » Gwendolyn Brooks » William Wells Brown
» Lorraine Hansberry » Charles Chesnutt » James Meredith
» James Farmer, Jr. » M. Elizabeth Carnegie » John Russwurm
» Paul Laurence Dunbar » Wallace Thurman » Molefi Kete Asante
» Carl Rowan » Gordan Parks » Mary McCloud Bethune



Martin Luther King

Six Principles of Nonviolence


Principle One Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
Principle Two   The beloved community is the goal.
Principle Three   Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
Principle Four   Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause.
Principle Five   Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence
Principle Six   The universe is on the side of justice.
Other King Quotes
1.   "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
2.   "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
3.   "Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power."
4.   "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."
5.   "If a man is called to be street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
6.   "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
7. "There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose.  People who have a stake in their society; protect that society, but when they don't have, they unconsciously want to destroy it."
8.   "Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.  It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert.  Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love."
9. "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous that sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
10.   "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become reality.  I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."


Tavis Smiley

"Remember the Five B's"

BE Ready   "When your opportunity comes."
BE Real   "You will never be a success trying to transcend who you are.  You have to embrace yourself, including your blackness."
BE Smart   "Learn to think critically for yourself."
BE A Servant   "Your generation, in many respects has it all twisted, it ain't about the ice and the bling-bling, it's about being a servant.  Cornel Wet put it this way; you can't lead the people if you don't love the people.  And you can't save the people if you don't serve the people."
BE Humble   "Because the toes you step on today may be connected to the behind you have to kiss tomorrow."
Other African American Quotes . . .
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Susan Taylor

Susan L. Taylor:  "In every crisis there is a message.  Crises are nature's way of forcing change--breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.

Madame C. J. Walker  

Madame C. J. Walker:  "I had to make my own living and my own opportunity--Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come; you have to get up and make them."

Charles Epps  

Dr. Charles H. Epps, Jr. (Howard University):  "I don't consider myself brilliant, but I learned that I could work as hard as anybody to achieve what I wanted to achieve.  I was willing to go without the latest jacket, sneakers, or whatever.  It is more important TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION."

Colin Powell  

Colin Powell:  "There are no secrets to success:  Don't waste time looking for them.  Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence."

Muhammad Ali  

Muhammad Ali:  "Champions aren't made in gyms.  Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them--a desire, a dream, a vision.  They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill, and the will.  But the will must be stronger than the skill."

George Washington Carver  

George Washington Carver:  " How are you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong.  Because some day in life you will have been all of these."

Joseph Lowrey

Rev. Joseph Lowrey:  "And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance."

Alice Walker   Alice Walker:  No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow."
Booker T. Washington  

Booker T. Washington:  "One cannot hold another down in the ditch without staying down in the ditch with him.

Judith Jamison  

Judith Jamison:  "Excellence is the name of the game no matter what color or what country you're from.  If you are the best at what you're doing, then you have my admiration and respect."

Thurgood Marshall  

Thurgood Marshall:  "A man can make what he wants of himself if he truly believes that he must be ready for hard work and many heartbreaks."



Susie King Taylor

First African American to publish

memoirs about her wartime experiences



Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)

The Conference is in Birmingham, Alabama - 2010

Black Caucus of the American Library Association  (BCALA) has continued to  be an  integral part of the  library literature during the thirty-five year history of the organization. As the organization has grown, so too has the amount of literature. The heading “Black caucus” was first indexed in Library Literature in 1970. Listed under that heading were six articles: two on segregation, three on the caucus, and an article about the concern for Black librarians. Today, about one hundred articles can be found within electronic databases and references. The following bibliography is a brief historical overview of what has been written about BCALA since 1970.





Black Shopping Channel


National Association of Black Journalists




African American Students News



African American Magazines - Ebony and Jet - Present Magazines






Past Magazines: Johnson Publishing Company has partnered with Google to digitize its magazine archives.

If you're a "Jet " and "Ebony" fan from back in the day, just click on a desired decade, choose a magazine:


Ebony - Google Book Search
Jet - Google Book Search
Black World/Negro Digest - Google Book Search




African American Magazine - Essence




African American Magazine - Black Enterprise



Magic Johnson Enterprises


Magic Johnson is guided by the power and principle of continually

focusing on representing and serving ethnically diverse, urban communities.


    Kids Learning to Interact with Computers    Magic Johnson Modeling with a Brand New Car   


Magic Johnson Foundation       Magic Johnson Enterprises Investment in Vibe Holdings, LLC


ROOTS - Author:  Alex Haley

Roots: The Saga of an American Family book cover


Roots was made into a popular television miniseries that aired over eight consecutive nights in January 1977.  The series garnered enormous ratings and became an overnight sensation. Approximately 130 million Americans tuned in at some time during the eight broadcasts. The concluding episode on January 30, 1977, has been ranked as the third most watched telecast of all time by the Nielsen corporation.



African American Writers

he Harlem Renaissance

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