World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
It’s up to the national associations and their leagues to limit the entry of foreign players.
I have quite a few good friends in Philadelphia who were police officers.
We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.
The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
Poems have a different music from ordinary language, and every poem has a different kind of music of necessity, and that’s, in a way, the hardest thing about writing poetry is waiting for that music, and sometimes you never know if it’s going to come.
I came into my teens unaware that most Americans, blacks as well as whites, were ignorant of the main facts of Negro history. And so it was the facts of other histories that I found most intriguing. I fell into a U.S. history major by chance late in my second year at Fisk University.
You can’t call yourself a university and exclude whole ethnic groups.
A friend said to me, ‘Be glad for your troubles – they strengthen you.’ Well, if that’s the truth, I’m going to be so strong they’ll have to beat me to death!
There was a very famous leader in Atlanta who thought that education was appropriate, but on the whole, the view was, ‘If you’re going to keep people down, you have to keep them ignorant. And so, nothing personal, but we just don’t want to recognize the attributes that man of learning would bring. Quite threatening, those would be.’