Respect: Required & Desired

“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white.
It’s our basic human right.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Civil Rights Activist, Philanthropist,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1979), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), Grammy Legend Award (1991),
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1994), Kennedy Center Honoree (1994), National Medal of Arts (1999),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005), Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame (2005),
Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame (2015), UK Music Hall of Fame (2005), Memphis Music Hall of Fame (2018),
Asteroid 249516 Aretha (2014), Person of the Year (2008) & Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (2019)
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Equal Upon Principle

“I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence,
which declares that all men are equal upon principle,
you begin making exceptions to it,
where will you stop?
If one man says it does not mean a Negro,
why not another say it does not mean some other man?”

~ Abraham Lincoln,
Lawyer & 16th President of the United States

That Color on Purpose

“People are valuable regardless of the color of their skin.
You can be open about it and talk about it. You don’t have to pretend that you are not different,
but you can learn about those differences God didn’t say, ‘Ooh, I made you brown on accident.’
He made them that color on purpose. And if you do not have friendships with other races,
then ask God to bring you some. He will.”
~ Nicole C. Mullen,
Singer, Songwriter & Choreographer.

A Foolish Thought

“Any man who believes that all men of one race are bad because
one man of that race is bad, this man is a fool.”
~ El Jefe, the Police Chief,
Bonanza TV Series Episode, ‘The Fugitive’,
performed by Frank Silvera,
Actor, Producer, Director,
Co-Founder – Theater of Being & Acting Coach
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Oneness in Action

 

“Football is oneness in action. When played well, it is unity on display.
Players come from different races and different backgrounds.
However, when they get on the field,
they harmonize their differences toward a common goal.”
~ Tony Evans,
Founder & Senior Pastor – Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,
Founder & President – The Urban Alternative,
Former Chaplain – Dallas Cowboys, Chaplain – Dallas Mavericks,
Radio Broadcaster – The Alternative & Television Broadcaster

 

On the Wings of Our Conscience

“We were carried to Selma … years ago on the wings of our Jewish conscience,
which insisted that it is our moral duty as Jews and as American citizens
to say no to the insidious and tenacious racism of this country
that is ruining the values we cherish and is covering justice and righteousness with chains.”
~ Susannah Heschel,
Scholar, Public Intellectual, Professor, Author, Editor & Guggenheim Fellow

Make Not Terrorists & Racists

Make Not Terrorists & Racists, Benjamin Netanyahu Quote,
“Children should be taught to
love & respect,
not to
hate and kill.”
~ Benjamin Netanyahu,
Author & Prime Minister of Israel (9th & 13th)

Let’s Find Common Ground

“I like to see myself as a bridge builder,
that is me building bridges
between people, between races, between cultures, between politics,
trying to find common ground.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

An Opera in the Cotton Fields

“I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young.
There were a lot of African Americans working out there.
A lot of Mexicans
– the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans,
all out there singing,
and it was like an opera in the cotton fields,
and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today.”
~ Willie Hugh Nelson,
Singer-Songwriter, Author, Poet, Actor, and Activist

Spirit: Love, Generosity & Goodness

“The Spirit of Christmas
is the Spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness.
It illuminates the picture window of the soul,
and we look out upon the world’s busy life
and become more interested in people than in things.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author