„Black Consciousness is in essence the realization by the black man of the need to rally together with his brothers around the cause of their oppression.“

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— Sojourner Truth African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist 1797 - 1883
Context: That little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Jesus Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

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„The black man should seek to be, and he should be encouraged to be, the best possible black man and not the best possible imitation of a white man.“

— Warren G. Harding American politician, 29th president of the United States (in office from 1921 to 1923) 1865 - 1923
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„I realize im black, but id like to be viewed as a person, and that is everybodys wish.“

— Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963

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„If the Bible sanctions slavery at all, it is the enslavement of white men. No one pretends that the servants spoken of in the Bible were blacks. The Roman slave was not a black man, the Hebrew slave was not a black man. The question is, whether the laboring man, white or black, may rightfully be enslaved.“

— Owen Lovejoy American politician 1811 - 1864
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„I am a man, a black man, an American.“

— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948
Context: Despite some of the nonsense that has been said about me by those who should know better, and so much nonsense, or some of which subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge, despite this all, I am a man, a black man, an American. And my history is not unlike that of many blacks from the deep South. And in many ways it is not that much different from that of many other Americans.

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„We must realise that prophetic cry of black students: "Black man you are on your own!"“

— Steve Biko anti-apartheid activist in South Africa 1946 - 1977
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„Oppression is the essence of power.“

— Ernst Kaltenbrunner Austrian-born senior official of Nazi Germany executed for war crimes 1903 - 1946
To Heinrich Himmler. Quoted in "The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of World War II" - by John Keegan, Sydney L. Mayer - History - 1977 - Page 137

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