Quotations From SEPTIMA CLARK

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  • 1.
    I never felt that getting angry would do you any good other than hurt your own digestion—keep you from eating, which I liked to do.
    Septima Clark (1898-1987), African American civil rights activist. Ready from Within, part 1, ch. 2 (1986). Clark, a native of Kentucky, was recalling the rather curious fact that she did not become angry in the days when "Jim Crow" laws still obtained in the South and she had to yield her bus seat to a white person.

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  • 2.
    The air has finally gotten to the place that we can breathe it together.
    Septima Clark (1898-1987), African American teacher and civil rights activist. Ready from Within, part 2, ch. 3 (1986). Quoting a statement she made in 1970 at the banquet held for her by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) when she won its Martin Luther King, Jr., Award "for Great Service to Humanity." King had founded SCLC.

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  • 3.
    I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
    Septima Clark (1898-1987), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). Clark, a native of South Carolina, said this in 1986.

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