The purpose of the Cultural Conversations Friday e-mail blast is to provide various tidbits on Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC) activities, cultural discovery, interesting information about other cultures, how to be more culturally sensitive to others and updates on statistics and information that are relevant to the work the FAST TRAC system of care is doing with youth and families in Clermont County.


This Week's Cultural Conversation:

National Freedom Day is February 1st and marks the signing of the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery, by President Abraham Lincoln.  In honor of February being Black History Month here are some Quotations by Famous African Americans: Top Black History Month Quotations.

 1. I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.
-- Muhammad Ali The Greatest (1975)

2. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.
-- Maya Angelou "Still I rise," And Still I Rise (1978)


3. Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
-- Arthur Ashe quoted in Sports Illustrated


4. Just like you can buy grades of silk, you can buy grades of justice.
-- Ray Charles

5. The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.
-- Bill Cosby

6. There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution...
-- Frederick Douglass


7. Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind.
-- Quincy Jones


8. Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
-- Barbara Jordan

9. Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


10. The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself-the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us-that's where it's at.
-- Jesse Owens, Blackthink (1970)

11. I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear.
-- Rosa Parks

12. Have a vision. Be demanding.
-- Colin Powell


13. Be black, shine, aim high.
-- Leontyne Price

14. God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed.
-- African Proverb

15. Freedom is never given; it is won.
-- A. Philip Randolph in keynote speech given at the Second National Negro Congress in 1937


16. When I found I had crossed that line, [on her first escape from slavery, 1845] I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything.
-- Harriet Tubman


17. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
-- Booker T. Washington

18. Yes we can.
-- Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States


19. Black people have always been America's wilderness in search of a promised land.
-- Cornel West, Race Matters
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