“If our study of Black history is merely an exercise in feeling good about ourselves, then we will die feeling good. We must look at the lessons that history teaches us. We must understand the tremendous value of the study of history for the re-gaining of power. If our education is not about gaining real power, we are being miseducated and misled and we will die “educated” and misled.”
— Amos N. Wilson “The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness”
“What good are my visions or your visions, beautifully and laboriously worked out in art, if the purpose of it is not to save the something in our souls and make it all beautiful.”
~ Jack Kerouac
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”
“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”
“Look at the birds. Even flying
out of nothing. The first sky
is inside you, open
at either end of day.
The work of wings
was always freedom, fastening
one heart to every falling thing.”
–Li Young Lee
Compiled by AfroDamus Jonze in collaboration with the WordSoundPower Collective.