I have learned as much about writing about my people by listening to blues and jazz and spirituals as I have by reading novels.
Ernest J. Gaines (1933 -)
Source: African-American Writers, by Smith.
Contributed by: Zaady
We wait till now? Now, when we're old men, we get to be brave?
Source: A Gathering of Old Men, 1983.
Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.
Source: The Sky is Gray.
There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past.
Source: interview with John O'Brien in African American Writers, 1991
Sometimes you got to hurt something to help something. Sometimes you have to plow under one thing in order for something else to grow.
Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing.
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