In Honor of Black History Month, here are some quotes by famous black authors, poets and philosophers.
“But on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies.”
-Brown Girls Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
“Storytelling, you know, hasa real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone
there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They’re taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don’t want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That’s what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.”
– Alice Walker, in an interview about her work in Common Boundary, 1990
“A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.”
“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”