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I'm a Caucasian American Jew. These are all things that make up who I am.
The African-American tradition, in the main, is very, very church-based, very, very Christian. It accepts, you know, certain narratives about the world. I didn't really have that present in my house.
Oh, I love labels, as long as they are numerous. I'm an American writer. I'm a Nigerian writer. I'm a Nigerian American writer. I'm an African writer. I'm a Yoruba writer. I'm an African American writer.
The man who raised me is black. Culturally, he made me who I am. He was a theatre director, so he also guided me artistically.
[My grandmother] is a typical white person.
Maybe if I go far enough back into my ancestry, I have African roots or something. I've got no idea.
My grandfather was coloured, my father was Negro, and I am Black.
I'm of Arab background.
I'm less interested in how we label ourselves. I'm more interested in how we treat each other. And if we're treating each other right, then I can be African-American, I can be multi-racial, I can be you name it, what matters is, am I showing people respect, am I caring for one, for other people.
We've gone through the names - Negro, African American, African, Black. For me that's an indication of a people still trying to find their identity. Who determines what is black?
Biracial." I correct with an edge. "Puppies are mixed.
Round-headed," he muttered. "Brachycephalic, gray-eyed, black-haired, with suggestion of the negroid. Celtic, I presume?
What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical Church so defines.
I am dark but fair, / Black but fair.
My family is part Creole, and we're Indian, and we're also very, very black. My father was so black, he was blue.
Well, let's say Asian. Some are Japanese. Some are Chinese. Some are Thai. Some are Vietnamese. He runs the gamut. And I actually happen to have a very dear daughter-in-law who's Japanese. I don't know what she's going to make of the film, but I say a few disparaging things.
I'm albino, my family is white, but I was really raised, and taught my important life lessons, by the black community.
Never complete. Never whole.
White skin and an African soul.
I am myself of a mixed background.
The race is your face. Obviously, I come from a mixed background. Who I am and how I look and being black.
Just call me black, if you want to call me anything.
I won't react to something just because I'm supposed to, because I'm an African-American
THE AFRO-AMERICAN HAS BEEN HEIR TO THE MYTHS THAT IT IS BETTER TO BE POOR THAN RICH, LOWER-CLASS RATHER THAN MIDDLE OR UPPER, EASYGOING RATHER THAN INDUSTRIOUS, EXTRAVAGANT RATHER THAN THRIFTY AND ATHLETIC RATHER THAN ACADEMIC.
The Modern Day Black Woman, an Outcast of American Society
My mixed-race background made me a broad person, able to relate to different cultures. But any woman of colour, even a mixed colour, is seen as black in America. So that's how I regard myself.
I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.
Being an indigenous talent of the African race;
In America, the traditional routes to black identity have hardly been normal. Suicide (disappearance by imitation, or willed extinction), violence (hysterical religiosity, crime, armed revolt), and exemplary moral courage; none of these is normal.
I guess it all depends on whom you ask and when you ask. Race, I've learned, is in the eye of the beholder.
I am an African. I am white. I, in my humble way, and others in their much more brave way, have earned that right.
I'm kind of in a middle space, being marketed as a biracial actor. Roles are written either stereotypically black, or they're written 'normal,' which is just code for white.
Every day in America, African Americans are reminded of their race in ways large and small. Every day.
Because I am an African, I am a Ghanaian.
Cripes, I can't keep up on this political correct shit. I don't even know what to call myself. One minute I'm black. Then I'm African American. Then I'm a person of color. Who the hell makes these rules up, anyhow?
My mother is Irish, my father is black and Venezuelan, and me - I'm tan, I guess.
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
I read a lot of biographies and books with an African background.
I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa.
The Africans know I'm not an African. I'm an American.
of body, tall Negroes from Africa, small wizen-faced Jews,
I'm an immigrant writer, or an African writer, or an Ethiopian-American writer, and occasionally an American writer according to the whims and needs of my interpreters.
All black, of course. Just like his rotting soul.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the color of my skin and my rather peculiar background as an Ethiopian immigrant delineated the border of my life and friendships. I learned quickly how to stand alone.
When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent.
My mother birthed three children and she adopted myself and another African-American son. My adoptive parents were Finnish. I grew up in a white picket neighborhood.
Most stick people are black.
Most of all, I dislike this idea nowadays that if you're a black person in America, then you must be called African-American. Listen, I've visited Africa, and I've got news for everyone: I'm not an African.
A clear and unified voice. In that context, this business of being biracial, of being half black and half white, is awkward.
Reggie Campbell and Kathleen Goldsmith are participants in an American success story, the unprecedented boom of home-buying by African-Americans in the 1990s. Only he is black and she is white. When he moved into the neighborhood, she moved out.
The Negro was invented in America.
Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me from London, asking questions. One was "What's your alma mater?" I told him, "Books." You will never catch me with a free fifteen minutes in which I'm not studying something I feel might be able to help the black man.
My father has passed away. He was African-American. My mother is white. So I was adopted by a couple that was of a similar dynamic as my biological parents.
My roots are African. The birds I remember, the fruits I ate, the trees I climbed, they're African.
I am an African-American in America. That will never change. But I don't have to be defined by that.
Black women are the touchstone by which all that is human can be measured.
I'm part Chinese, part Hawaiian, part Filipino, and part nigger. You'd hate to be me
My mother was a member of the Cape Coloured community. 'Coloured' is the South African word for the half-caste community that was a by-product of the early contact between black and white.
I'm trying to get my next job as a biracial action hero.
In America, black is a country.
Anyone who watches a lot of television, or listens to pop music, is familiar with a certain vision of America. If not exactly colorblind, this America is one in which different races easily interact, in which a white person might have an Asian boss, Hispanic stepson, or African-American frenemy.
When people first meet me, they're always like, 'What are you?' as far as ethnicity. And I've been pegged as 'ethnically ambiguous.'
I was born in a Negro town.
You aren't allowed to ask at auditions, legally, a person's race.
Shakespeare must be a black girl.
We are all Africans under the skin.
I am of the African race, and in the colour which is natural to them of the deepest dye; and it is under a sense of the most profound gratitude to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
African-Americans are not a monolithic group. So, we tend to talk about the black community, the black culture, the African-American television viewing audience, but there are just as many facets of us as there are other cultures.
I do not wish to hide my origins, nor do I seek to make it a subject of conversation. I am what I am.
A Southerner, inferior.
Black women are the strongest most hardworking people on earth.
From adolescence to death there is something very personal about being a Negro in America.
I usually refer to myself as Hispanic.
The Afrocentric exploration of the black past only scratches the surface. A full examination of the ancestry of those who are referred to in the newspapers as blacks and African Americans must include Europe and Native America.
I'm a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity.
I'm tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro - that's the Scotch-Irish part.
I am proud to be an African.
I was trying to establish an identity in music, and black and white had nothing to do with it.
The less I talk about being black, the better.
On one occasion, someone asked a famous American musician, Ben Harper, this question: "We've heard you now have a new drummer in your band. Tell me something: is he black?" And Harper replied: "I don't know, I've never asked him.
I like them brown, yellow, Puerto Rican, or Haitian
Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu nation
Race is a biased concept; we are in fact all Africans.
My mother was a woman. A black woman. A single mother. Raising two kids on her own. So she was dark skinned. Had short hair. Got no love from nobody except for a group called the Black Panthers. So that's why she was a Black Panther.
Young, gifted, and destitute...
Black man, you are on your own.
My family was blue collar, a middle-class kind of thing. My father was born in Detroit, Italian-American. My mother is English. She acted on the stage with Diana Dors. Her parents were French.
Very good looking, with black hair and eyes, and lively complexion.
I come from a mixed background - my mom's black, my dad's white - and I traveled around the world.
In my music, my plays, my films, I want to carry always this central idea: to be African.
I was adopted my black Americans, I feel that I'm a 'Hybrid'. When I'm around Africans'I suddenly feel very black American. And when I'm around black Americans'I feel very North African. North Africa and black America are both the creators of Kola Boof.
I'm a singer...
I want to emphasize the idea of black as intellectuality and conventionality.
On the Subject of Non-American Blacks Suffering from Illnesses Whose Names They Refuse to Know.
I'm half Puerto Rican.
From a genomic perspective, we are all Africans.
I'm an all-American girl.
Looking at me from the outside, it is not very obvious, I know half my family is black and I feel close to their culture and their color.
Race ain't nothing but a number.
Race is the least reliable information you can have about someone. It's real information, but it tells you next to nothing.
I was born a poor black child.