Florynce Rae Kennedy

(1916-2000 / Kansas City, Missouri)

Florynce Rae Kennedy Quotes

  • ''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 dressed in Western garb.
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  • ''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 Mills (1993). In a February 22, 1990 interview, recalling her civil rights work in Ruleville, Mississippi, in 1964.
  • ''... 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. Color Me Flo, ch. 3 (1976). On the Women's Liberation Movement; Kennedy was very active and visible in this, as well as other social movements.
  • ''I think we should look forward to death more than we do. Of course everybody hates to go to bed or miss anything, but dying is really the only chance we'll get to rest.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), U.S. lawyer, activist, speaker, and author. Color Me Flo, ch. 2 (1976).
  • ''The question arises ... whether all lawyers are the same. This is like asking whether everything that gets into a sewer is garbage.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), U.S. lawyer, activist, speaker, and author. From an essay entitled "The Whorehouse Theory of Law" and first published in Law Against the People: Essays to Demystify Law, Order and the Courts, edited by Robert Lefcourt (1971). The essay was based on a March 1970 speech at the Columbia Law School Forum; Kennedy was a graduate of the School. Color Me Flo, ch. 3 (1976).
  • ''I know we're termites. But if all the termites got together, the house would fall down.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), African American lawyer, activist, speaker, and author. From an announcement of an upcoming speech, published in The Flor-Ala (a Florence, Alabama publication) on February 20, 1974, page 8. Color Me Flo, ch. 3 (1976). Of the various social movements of the time, none of which had generous funding or direct access to power.
  • ''There's a difference between Vaselining the rapee and catching the rapist.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy (b. 1916), U.S. lawyer, activist, speaker, and author. Color Me Flo, ch. 1 (1976).
  • ''When a system of oppression has become institutionalized it is unnecessary for individuals to be oppressive.''
    Florynce R. Kennedy, African American lawyer, author, speaker, and social activist. "Institutionalized Oppression vs. The Female," (1970).

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