Essential Black Wisdom gathers together hundreds of powerful quotations from people of African descent into a singularly resonant collection of thought. Arranged thematically, the selections are drawn from speeches, memoirs, novels, proverbs, and folk sayings, and cover subjects as universal and singular as the speakers themselves. The rich array of contributors includes artists and activists; writers and poets; politicians and journalists; leaders and statesmen; athletes, musicians, and comedians; scientists, saints, and scholars.
In this book:
• Frederick Douglass denounces the horrors of slavery
• Sojourner Truth invokes the need for women’s rights
• Nelson Mandela urges for an end to poverty as a fundamental human right
• Desmond Tutu reflects on the dignity of every human being
• Barack Obama extols the ideals central to the American Dream
• Serena Williams reveals the role of strength and humility in success
• Coretta Scott King reminds us of each generation’s role in preserving freedom
Essential Black Wisdom is a provocative collection that invites all readers to experience the powerful words, enduring spirit, and rich legacy of black people through the ages.