Voices of Struggle, Voices of Pride

This book is decent. It's a collection of quotes from notable African Americans. It's small, but one can get captivated from just dwelling on the words of its pages. Some of the words that arise from us in times of struggle are remarkable. Some of the words that arise from our great dignity or pride are also remarkable. The Bible says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof" (Proverbs 18:21). Throughout the years, voices have resounded to empower others, to drive movements, to compel other's courage and strength towards purpose. And this book honors those various statements.

Furthermore, this book offers much understanding. Statements are made of how things are or of how people are. These individuals were learned, grounded, and experienced, and some were seasoned. There is much that can be gained from just listening. There is much knowledge that comprises this thoughtful book, and it is just a matter of reading quotes.


I never read this book from cover to cover, although I have read much of it. In fact, I cite a quote from Robert Townsend that's found in this book. I saw it useful, so I closed my first book, Reruns, with his statement. Robert Townsend is a writer, director, comedian, and actor. He played Duck in The Five Heartbeats, and he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Meteor Man. In this book, the Robert Townsend quote simply says, "He who controls images controls everything."


This book has a lot of statements that one can just simply dwell on. Hence, the reason why I never finished it. However, sadly, my bookshop does not provide this jewel either. But, just as the spirit of this book, some things worth getting must be sought after.


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