But I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul,...– How It Feels to Be Colored Me by Zora Neale Hurston (via tressiemcphd)
If you’re silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you...– Zora Neale Hurston
We find the Negro woman, figuratively, struck in the face daily by contempt from...– Elise Johnson McDougald (via unapproachableblackchicks)
Woman, however, like the colored man, will never be taken by her brother and...– Frederick Douglass, Feminist (via unapproachableblackchicks)
Our hearts, our minds, our strength.
In the beginning an ordinary piece of sand. In the end, a priceless pearl. We start at the beginning of the hill. Getting to the top is a matter of strength and will. The surface is rocky, the slope is steep. Sometimes we crawl; Once in a while we leap. Over the invisible hurdles, strong enough to make us weep. The mind is challenged, the body is worn. The days are long, and the pride is torn....
If anyone should ask a Negro woman in America what has been her greatest...– Pauli Murray - 1970 (via unapproachableblackchicks)
Thoughts at 3 AM.
I take these words seriously: “We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” I was meant to shine. Granted, I’ve never been the loudest person in the room, nor the one vying for attention…but I never had to. I know within myself that my radiance...