“…to me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense, outside and inside. And to me we have a culture that is surpassed by no other civilisation…”

“There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.”

“I’ve never changed. I’ve never changed my hair. I’ve never changed my color, I have always been proud of myself, and my fans are proud of me for remaining the way I’ve always been.”

“Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking.”

“You’ve got to learn to leave the table
When love’s no longer being served.”

“It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times.”

“I think women play a major part in opening the doors for better understanding around the world.”

“I tell you what freedom is to me: no fear.”

“This is the world you have made yourself, now you have to live in it.”

“Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking.”

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