6 Powerful Quotes by African American Writers

Quotes are small messages of courage, perseverance, and hope. They can also provide the spiritual and personal uplift needed for a person to carry on through difficult times. Here are 6 amazing, powerful quotes by some of the greatest African American writers in history.


1. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou


2. “Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.”- Toni Morrison


3. “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin

4. “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass

5. “Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes


6. “I am an invisible man…I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” -Ralph Ellison






Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.


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