My early childhood prepared me to be a social psychologist. I grew up in a South Bronx ghetto in a very poor family. From Sicilian origin, I was the first person in my family to complete high school, let alone go to college.— Philip Zimbardo
Most Powerful South Bronx quotations
I am a product of affirmative action.
I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn't able to succeed at those institutions.
Through reading, I escaped the bad parts of my life in the South Bronx.
And, through books, I got to travel the world and the universe. It, to me, was a passport out of my childhood and it remains a way - through the power of words - to change the world.
If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there's no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream.
I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.
When I was growing up, there were so many things I thought were stylish.
Jabo jeans, V Bombers, Clarks, Vikings, Nugget watches, Lee pants with the patches, leather hats - which I still wear now. All hip-hop stuff, all South Bronx stuff.
I started off as a graffiti artist in the South Bronx.
My tag name was 'Loco' because I would go crazy and tag anywhere I wanted, in the weirdest places.
I was from a poor Jewish family in the South Bronx.
My father was a plumber, but when I was 16, he got sick and I had to take over. Being a plumber in the South Bronx wasn't fun.
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I grew up in the South Bronx, raised by my grandmother, who scrapped and scraped to make sure I had a roof over my head and food in my stomach. I was painfully aware of what it was like to live with limited resources and a certain level of uncertainty.
I come from the South Bronx - a true descendant of the melting pot.
I grew up in a really mixed neighborhood; it was a very integrated life.
My big brother Lenny fought in Vietnam, only to be gunned down a few blocks from our home [in the South Bronx].
I was born to a dad who was born in the South Bronx while the Bronx was burning, while landlords were committing arson to their own buildings.
I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family - mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx.
We've made a huge effort globally and in the US, in getting kids jobs.
This is one piece. The South Bronx and inner-city schools need it more than most. It's our hometown; JPMorgan Chase banks a lot of people here. If you see the school, it works. Kids all getting jobs, they're smiling, they're proud of themselves. That's what we need to do in inner-city schools.
I grew up on welfare in the South Bronx;
I had a very tough upbringing in that neighborhood. Reading books like The Four Agreements, A Return to Love, and The Power of Now helped me to overcome many internal battles. Had I not worked on myself, put value in myself, I would not have the loving and supportive people that I have right now in my life, including my husband and children
A lot of the cats I grew up with in the South Bronx found themselves in sticky situations.