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Attorney Joe C. Hopkins is the publisher and editor of the Pasadena Journal and author of "I will Not Apologize."  For several years now, residents of the community have benefited from his insights about the dress and behavior of Black youth, the negative images of Black youth, the negative images of Blacks portrayed in the media, and how best to secure economic empowerment for the future of Black youth.

Black News and News Makers in History: Mary McLeod Bethune Quotes

• The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.

• Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.

• We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom.

• Next to God we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth living.

• The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.

• Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.

• If our people are to fight their way up out of bondage we must arm them with the sword and the shield and the buckler of pride.

• If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander.

• I do feel, in my dreamings and yearnings, so undiscovered by those who are able to help me.

• For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.

• We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.

• There is a place in God's sun for the youth "farthest down" who has the vision, the determination, and the courage to reach it.

• Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.

• Whatever the white man has done, we have done, and often better.

• You white folks have long been eating the white meat of the chicken. We Negroes are now ready for some of the white meat instead of the dark meat.

• If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs.

• I never stop to plan. I take things step by step.

• Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.

• Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.

• I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity.

Compiled from various Internet resources including http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mary_mcleod_bethune.html.

 

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