Florynce Rae Kennedy

(1916-2000 / Kansas City, Missouri)

Florynce Rae Kennedy
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Florynce Rae "Flo" Kennedy (February 11, 1916 – December 22, 2000), was an American lawyer, activist, civil rights advocate, and feminist.

Kennedy was born in Kansas City to an African-American family. Her father Wiley Kennedy was a Pullman porter, and later had a taxi business. The second of her parents' five daughters, she had a happy childhood, full of support from her parents, despite experiencing poverty in the Depression and racism in her mostly white neighborhood. She later commented, "My parents gave us a fantastic sense of security and worth. By the time the bigots got around to telling us that we were nobody, we already knew we were ... more »

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  • ''I approve of anyone wearing what the establishment says you must not wear.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), African American lawyer, feminist, and author. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 49 (February 1974). Kennedy often dres...
  • ''Everybody's scared for their ass. There aren't too many people ready to die for racism. They'll kill for racism but they won't die for racism.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), African American lawyer, civil rights activist, and feminist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 10, by Hay Mi...
  • ''... anybody with the brains and energy to become a teacher ought to want to become something better.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), U.S. lawyer, activist, speaker, and author. Color Me Flo, ch. 2 (1976).
  • ''The spending of our tax dollars by the Pentagon represents the greatest social disease of our country; I call it Pentagonorrhea.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), U.S. lawyer, activist, speaker, and author. Color Me Flo, ch. 1 (1976).
  • ''If it's a movement, I sometimes think it needs a laxative.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), U.S. lawyer, activist, speaker, and author. First published in the Des Moines Sunday Register (April 7, 1974): page 7. ...
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