Black Voices: Inspiring & Empowering Quotes from Global Thought Leaders

Black Voices: Inspiring & Empowering Quotes from Global Thought Leaders

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Find wisdom, inspiration, and new insight in this definitive volume of empowering quotes from the Pan African world.


With over 60 quotations--carefully researched by National Black Cultural Information Trust founder, Jessica Ann Mitchell Aiwuyor-- Black Voices is your go-to source for powerful words from both famous Black individuals in history and new and lesser-known voices. From this diverse spectrum of perspectives and experiences, gain a deeper understanding of Black culture and history.


Some of the inspirational quotes include:


"I'm very interested in, 'What does it mean for us to cultivate together?' Community that allows for risk, the risk of knowing someone outside your own boundaries, the risk that is love. There is no love that does not involve risk."
--bell hooks, African American feminist scholar


"Our youth, our drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk and reinvention means that the future should be ours. But that potential will only be realized if our democracy works. Only if our politics better reflects the decency of our people."
--Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States and the first Black American president


Spotlighting Black writers, artists, scholars, politicians, activists, and visionaries from all eras and backgrounds, each quote is accompanied by a short biography of its writer or speaker. This engaging and information-packed book touches on aspects and subjects relevant to Black lives, including and featuring, among many others, the voices of:
  • Culture and History: Werewere Liking, author (Cameroon)
  • Education and Knowledge: Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo, author, poet, and playwright (Kenya)
  • Justice, Civil Rights, and Human Rights: Ida B. Wells, journalist and activist (USA)
  • Race and Racism: Paul Stephenson, civil rights activist (UK)
  • Gender, Feminism, and Womanism: Ketanji Brown Jackson, first Black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court (USA)
  • Peace and Love: Basetsana Kumalo, businesswoman and television personality (South Africa)
  • Inspiration, Hope, and Perseverance: Dudley Laws, activist (Canada)
  • Freedom and Liberation: Claudia Jones, political activist and cofounder of Notting Hill Carnival (UK)
  • Politics: Francia Márquez, 13th vice president of Colombia
  • Blackness: Walter Rodney, scholar and activist (Guyana)
  • Pan Africanism: Amy Jacques Garvey, Pan Africanist, journalist, and civil rights activist (Jamaica)