More Darkness Cannot Drive Out Existing Darkness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

The Jackie Robinson of Modeling

“I propose the “Beverly Johnson Rule” for Condé Nast, similar to the Rooney Rule in the NFL that mandates that a diverse set of candidates must be interviewed for any open coaching and front office position. The “Beverly Johnson Rule” would require at least two black professionals to be meaningfully interviewed for influential positions. This rule would be especially relevant to boards of directors, C-suite executives, top editorial positions and other influential roles. I also invite chief executives of companies in the fashion, beauty and media industries to adopt this rule.

“Whitney (Ruth Whitney, Editor-in-Chief – Glamour (1967 – 1998)) declared I was “the Jackie Robinson of modeling.” Forty-six years after my Vogue cover, I want to move from being an icon to an iconoclast and continue fighting the racism and exclusion that have been an ugly part of the beauty business for far too long.”

~ Beverly Johnson
Supermodel, Actress, Businesswoman & Author
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Where One Stands in Times of Challenge & Controversy

“The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

Become Honest with Each Other

“The more we become honest with each other, we’re going to get past this racist mess.
You can’t just talk the talk, you gotta walk it, and it means changing the way you talk to people,
thinking about how you describe people, think about the jokes you tell.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Excellence is the Best Deterrent

“I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism; and that’s how I operate my life.”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Independence & Permanent Peace

“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.
I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results.
Nations have frequently won their independence in battle.
But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

Knowing & Loving Yourself

“People who deeply know and love themselves are not hateful towards others.” 
~ Yung Pueblo,
a.k.a. Diego Perez
Mediator, Writer, & Speaker

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.

The Starless Midnight of Racism & War

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war
that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

Soar High: Don’t Try to Hold Others Down

Good afternoon, Everyone!  A sage quote, as follows:

“No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people,
and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down,
so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”

Marian Anderson