The Afro-American is not a bestial race. If this work can contribute in any way towards proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service. Other considerations are of minor importance.

— Ida B. Wells

Unusual Afro quotations

Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so.

I see other black women imitate my style, which is no style at all, but just letting our hair be itself. They call it the Afro Look.

The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American.

We are not only a Latin American nation, we are an Afro-American nation also.

The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.

The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons.

Some years ago I said in an opinion that if this country is a melting pot, then either the Afro-Americans didn't get in the pot or he didn't get melted down.

I've had every haircut you could possibly imagine: mullet, tail, dreadlocks, afro, crew cut. It's always been an expression of who I am.

The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom, the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.

The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense.

The Afro-American experience is the only real culture that America has.

Basically, every American tries to walk, talk, dress and behave like African Americans.

The Afro-American is not a bestial race.

In Italy, I had an Afro, and a lot of the kids came up and felt my hair.

It really was funny. I wish I had understood Italian.

Since the age of 12, all my musical thinking has been influenced by Afro-American music.

I might be a Cuban American, but I'm also an Afro-Cuban American.

Forget the methods or the differences in methods.

As long as we agree that the thing that the Afro-American wants and needs is recognition and respect as a human being.

When we say Afro American, we include everyone in the Western Hemisphere of African descent. South America is America. Central America is America. South America has many people in it of African descent.

The hearts of Afro-American women are too warm and too large for race hatred.

Long suffering has so chastened them that they are developing a special sense of sympathy for all who suffer and fail of justice.

A friend of mine who works for naval intelligence said an aerial satellite revealed that 1.9 million attended the event in 1995. But if they would have had a rumble at the march the newspapers would have said that 75 million Afro-Americans were there.

I used to have an afro like Will Ferrell in Semi-Pro.

It was bleached blond from the sun. I was tall and awkward. I was not cool.

A rap pro, do a show, good to go, also Cameo afro, Virgo, domino, I go Rambo, Gigolo, Romeo, Friday night spend money on a, To get a good night's sleep, I'm keeping in step. Now do I come off? Yep.

Since the main problem that American, the Afro- Americans have is a lack of cultural identity. It is necessary to teach [people] that they had some type of identity, culture, civilization before they were brought here.

Afro-Caribbean influences are in me as a creative being the same way Spanish influences were in Picasso's work. I think the notion of labels - "black dancer, black choreographer" -is a ploy to divide and conquer, and to limit.

When I have my Afro and walk down the street, there's no doubt that I'm black.

With this [straightened] hair, if I talk about being black on air, viewers write and say, "You're black?!" I feel [straightening your hair] is giving up a sense of your identity. Let's be honest: It's an effort to look Anglo-Saxon.

One of my dreams is to expand and make sure African music and Afro Beats music is really on the map. I would like to be a contribution to that success.

For the Afro-American in the 1920's being a 'New Negro' was being 'Modern'.

And being an 'New Negro' meant, largely, not being an 'Old Negro', disassociating oneself from the symbols and legacy of slavery - being urbane, assertive militant.

The separating of a section of America for Afro- Americans is similar to expecting a heaven in the sky somewhere after you die.

At 50, I thought proudly: Here we are, half century! Being 60 was fairly frightening. You want to know how I spent my 70th birthday? I put on a completely black face, a fuzzy black Afro wig, wore black clothes and hung a black wreath on my door.

The dream is not a map. A poem is not the territory. The dreamer reclines in a barbershop carpeted with Afro turf. In the dark some soul yells. It hurts to walk barefoot on cowrie shells.

When you go to South Africa, you get a different vibe and a different sound.

The music is awesome the people are loving it. When you go to Botswana, it's a different ball game. The people out there love Afro Beat Hip Hop so much. When you go to Sierra Leone it's different, when you go to Nigeria it's different... It's all pretty exciting!

I can understand how someone might read wearing a blonde wig as a desire to be white, but I suspect that the same shaming smirk can happen if you wear a big afro or any number of other hairstyles.

I keep telling everyone that I want to start a revolution but no one is taking me seriously. If I had black skin and an afro, would you take me seriously? If I was an Arab waving a hand grenade, would you take me seriously?

Samba rhythm is a great one to sing on, but it's also got some other suggestions in it, an undercurrent of being primitive - because it is a primitive African, South American, Afro-whatever-you-call-that rhythm. So to white people, it has a very sinister thing about it.

Adam Clayton Powell's entire political career has to be looked at in the entire context of the American history and the history of, and the position of the Afro- American or negro in American history. [He] has done a remarkable job in fighting for rights of black people in this country. On the other hand, he probably hasn't done as much as he could or as much as he should because he is the most independent negro politician in this country.