“Be as bold as the first man or [woman] to eat an oyster.”

“In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism.”

“When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.”

“The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: ‘It’s a girl.'”

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

“Service is the rent we pay for room on this earth.

“Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread, and deep-seated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.”

“I am and always will be a catalyst for change.”

“There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.”

“I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself.”

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