Quotes About Black Women

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Quotes About Black Women

Specifically for black women, our images and our bodies in the media and in history have been so hypersexualized.
— Tatyana Fazlalizadeh —

I am concerned that in their efforts to evade the Sapphire stereotype, black women may be discouraged from demanding equal consideration of their specific political needs within black political discourses.

— Melissa V. Harris-Perry

For several years, while I searched for, found, and studied black women writers, I deliberately shut O'Connor out, feeling almost ashamed that she had reached me first. And yet, even when I no longer read her, I missed her, and realized that though the rest of America might not mind, having endured it so long, I would never be satisfied with a segregated literature. I would have to read Zora Hurston and Flannery O'Connor, Nella Larsen and Carson McCullers, Jean Toomer and William Faulkner, before I could begin to feel well read at all.

— Alice Walker

As a little girl, my destiny was stamped onto the canvas of my imagination at 5 years old. I was watching soaps with my grandmother ... The most gorgeous black women I had ever seen in my life came out, and I knew that that is what I wanted to do - be fabulous and black and on TV.

— Niecy Nash

We live in a highly industrialized society and every member of the Black nation must be as academically and technologically developed as possible. To wage a revolution, we need competent teachers, doctors, nurses, electronics experts, chemists, biologists, physicists, political scientists, and so on and so forth. Black women sitting at home reading bedtime stories to their children are just not going to make it.

— Frances M. Beal

Specifically for black women, our images and our bodies in the media and in history have been so hypersexualized.

— Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Bill [Clinton] is every bit as black as Barack. He's probably gone with more black women than Barack.

— Andrew Young

We black women are the single group in the West intact. And anybody can see we're pretty shaky. We are, however (all praises), the only group that derives its identity from itself.

— Nikki Giovanni

Radical militant feminist believes that women of color and Black women in particular have written the cutting edge theory and really were the individuals who exploded feminist theory into the directions that has made it more powerful. So I see us as the leaders not just of Black people and Black women in terms of feminism but in terms of the movement as a whole.

— Bell Hooks

Black women have always been friends. I mean, if you didn't have each other you had nothing.

— Toni Morrison

Black women are the touchstone by which all that is human can be measured.

— Toni Morrison

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