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Till Victory Is Won

Till Victory Is Won

Famous Black Quotations From the NAACP

Foreword by: Julian Bond
Taking its title from the moving lyrics of the official song of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," Till Victory Is Won chronicles significant moments in African-American history through more than two hundred illuminating quotations from NAACP officers, members, and award recipients.
Focusing on five major topics -- Protecting Civil Rights, Achieving Educational Excellence, Nurturing Economic Development, Reaching Youth, and Gaining Political Power -- this extraordinary anthology inspires and informs. Featured voices include:

  • Kweisi Mfume
  • Duke Ellington
  • Rosa Parks
  • Hank Aaron
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Maya Angelou
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Sara Lawrence Lightfoot
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Halle Berry
  • Michael Jordan
  • Earvin (Magic) Johnson
  • Colin Powell
  • George Washington Carver
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • Toni Morrison
  • Susan Taylor
  • Langston Hughes
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Quincy Jones
  • Alice Walker
  • Spike Lee
  • Cornel West
  • Patti LaBelle
  • James Earl Jones

...and countless others who share their perspectives on the life-changing work of the NAACP and its place in history.
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  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743428255 | 
  • February 2002
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Chapter One: Know Something to Believe in Something

It is imperative that young people be told that we have come a long way, otherwise they are likely to become cynical. A cynical young person...means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing in nothing.

MAYA ANGELOU

When I was a teenager and a member of the Youth Division of the NAACP, we picketed a supermarket in Indianapolis that refused to hire blacks.

I joined the picket line again while studying at Indiana University when the local NAACP branch was marching in front of a barbershop near the Bloomington campus that would not serve... see more

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