For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
Dr. Maya Angelou, author and poet
YES, It’s always “The other Guy”. . . until IT’S YOU!
As we listen to and are tempted to repeat the rhetoric about immigrants, people of other races, religions, or those in any way different from ourselves, I pray that we remember, reflect upon and consider the wisdom of these words:
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
– Niemöller –
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert F. Kennedy, Former U.S. Attorney General
Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
Susan L. Taylor, journalist
Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.