Carter G. Woodson Quotes.
If the white man wants to hold on to it, let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able, should develop and carry out a program of his own.
The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess.
The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.
We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation, but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.
One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation and denounced the abolitionists.
Truth must be dug up from the past and presented to the circle of scholastics in scientific form and then through stories and dramatizations that will permeate our educational system.
The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people.
I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.
The so-called modern education, with all its defects, however, does others so much more good than it does the Negro, because it has been worked out in conformity to the needs of those who have enslaved and oppressed weaker peoples.
Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people, taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere, withdrew their deposits.
As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.
This crusade is much more important than the anti- lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.
Let us banish fear.
If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
I am a radical.
I am not afraid of being sued by white businessmen. In fact, I should welcome such a law suit.
If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto.