The Food of the South

“I think things like food, the food of the south is sort of the common tie that binds us all,
Black and White, the sense memories. It’s a very particular part of the country.”
~ Sela Ward,
Actress, Author, Producer, Spokesperson, Philanthropist, Prime-time Emmy Awards (2X) & Golden Globe Award
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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)

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

 

For Our Americans

 

“Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens,
especially for African-American and Latino workers.
We are going to have an immigration system that works,
but one that works for the American people.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Television Personality, Author,
Real Estate Developer, Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts &
45th President of the United States (1/20/2017 – )

 

Being Dark

“It was rough being dark. I got heat from my own people more than anyone else.
I remember going to my mom and saying, ‘Why am I so black?’ And she said,
‘Because I’m black. You just gotta always work harder than the average bear.'”
~ Bernie Mac,
a.k.a. Bernard Jeffrey “Bernie” McCullough
Stand-up Comedian, Actor & Voice Actor.

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

Wisdom Our Soldiers Never Forget

“It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget:
that whether we are black or brown or white,
we all bleed the same red blood of patriots,
we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms,
and we all salute the same great American Flag.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Television Personality, Author,
Real Estate Developer, Founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts &
45th President of the United States (1/20/2017 – )

Kindness, Love & Compassion for Each Other

“As citizens of this great nation,
it is kindness, love, and compassion for each other
that will bring us together – and keep us together.”
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

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

Our Sense of Nationhood

“Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy,
because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.”
~ Jimmy Carter, Jr.
a.k.a James Earl Carter, Jr.
,
Naval Officer, Farmer, Politician, Author,
39th President of the United States (1.20.1977-1.20.1981) &
Nobel Peace Prize (2002)

Colors of the Skin

Colors of the Skin
“You think I’m an ignorant savage
And you’ve been so many places
I guess it must be so
But still I cannot see
If the savage one is me
How can there be so much that you don’t know?
You don’t know.
… … …
You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But, if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew.”
~ Stephen Schwartz, Lyricist & Alan Menken, Composer,
Colors of the Wind song from Walt Disney Pictures’ Pocahontas (1995)

Equally Created

Jayne Mansfield
“I don’t want to get involved in the racial situation
at the expense of losing fans. I wouldn’t say anything too strong,
but I do know that God created us equal and we’re not living up to it.”
~ Jayne Mansfield
a.k.a Vera Jayne Palmer
,
Actress, Model & Singer

Black & White: Like, Dislike

“To like an individual because he’s black
is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn’t white.”
~ Edward Estin “E.E.” Cummings,
Poet, Painter, Essayist, Author & Playwright
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