Truth is powerful and it prevails.  Sojourner Truth

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. Angela Davis

I’m here to change history. If we want a change we can really truly make it happen.  Sandra Bland

You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and do something, God is not going to put it in your lap. Fannie Lou Hamer

We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us, the love of Black women for each other.  Audre Lorde

I am not wrong: Wrong is not my name

My name is my own my own my own
and I can’t tell you who the hell set things up like this
but I can tell you that from now on my resistance
my simple and daily and nightly self-determination
may very well cost you your life.”  June Jordan

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open. Muriel Rukeyser

Black women are called, in the folklore that so aptly identifies one’s status in society, “the mule of the world,” because we have been handed the burdens that everyone else – everyone else – refused to carry. We have also been called “Matriarchs,” “Superwomen,” and “Mean and Evil Bitches.” Not to mention “Castraters” and “Sapphire’s Mama.” When we have pleaded for understanding, our character has been distorted; when we have asked for simple caring, we have been handed empty inspirational appellations, then stuck in a far corner. When we have asked for love, we have been given children. In short, even our plainer gifts, our labors of fidelity and love, have been knocked down our throats.  Alice Walker

“The way most people talk about darkness, you would think that it came from a whole different deity, but no. To be human is to live by sunlight and moonlight, with anxiety and delight, admitting limits and transcending them, falling down and rising up. To want a life with only half of these things in it is to want half a life, shutting the other half away where it will not interfere with one’s bright fantasies of the way things ought to be.” Barbara Brown Taylor

“I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll.” Edna St. Vincent Millay