It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.

— Whitney M. Young

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Every man is our brother, and every man’s burden is our own.

Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal.

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Black Power simply means: Look at me, I'm here.

I have dignity. I have pride. I have roots. I insist, I demand that I participate in those decisions that affect my life and the lives of my children. It means that I am somebody.

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I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular.

But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless.

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You don’t get black power by chanting it.

You get it by doing what the other groups have done. The Irish kept quiet. They didn’t shout “Irish Power”, “Jew Power”, [or] “Italian Power”. They kept their mouths shut and took over the police department of New York City, and the mayorship of Boston.

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The hardest work in the world is being out of work.

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Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.

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No race has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and the worth of an individual is not related to the color of his skin.

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The unhealthy gap between what we preach in America and what we often practice creates a moral dry rot that eats at the very foundation of our democratic ideals and values.

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We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.

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Black is beautiful when it is a slum kid studying to enter college, when it is a man learning new skills for a new job. . . .

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Liberalism seems to be related to the distance people are from the problem.

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The danger is that people may mistake what is basically a change in vocabulary for a change in behavior, practices, and attitudes. While practically all Americans have learned to talk inoffensively, not enough have learned to think differently, nor act positively.

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About Whitney M. Young

Quotes 17 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

You can holler, protest, march, picket and demonstrate, but somebody must be able to sit in on the strategy conferences and plot a course. There must be strategies, the researchers, the professionals to carry out the program. That's our role.

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I've been on so many blind dates I should get a free dog.

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Stretch your mind and fly.

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Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention.

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