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African American Quotation Posters

This media gallery includes posters that can be displayed in the classroom and used to launch discussions around the themes in The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. The collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features quotations by notable African Americans, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Audre Lorde, Bobby Seale, and President Barack Obama.

Frederick Douglass

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Frederick Douglass: “You are not judged by the height you have seen, but from the depth you climbed.”

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Bobby Seale

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Bobby Seale: “You don’t fight racism with racism, the best way to fight racism is with solidarity.”

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Audre Lorde

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Audre Lorde: “Anger, used, does not destroy. Hatred does.”

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

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Malcolm X

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Malcolm X: “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”

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Jackie Robinson

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Jackie Robinson: “I won’t have it made until the most underprivileged negro in Mississippi can live in equal dignity with anyone else in America.”

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Thurgood Marshall

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Thurgood Marshall: “Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.”

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Paul Robeson

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Paul Robeson: “Sing me your folk songs and I’ll tell you about the character, customs, and history of your people.”

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Zora Neale Hurston

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features a quote by Zora Neale Hurston.

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W.E.B. DuBois

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by W.E.B. DuBois: "There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.”

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Harriet Tubman

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by Harriet Tubman: “I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to; liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.”

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Barack Obama

This original poster created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross features the following quote by President Barack Obama: “Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”

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