US educator, historian.
He wrote numerous scholarly volumes of history, essay, and autobiography; served as president of academic societies, e.g., Amer. Historical Assoc.
Education came to be one of the great preoccupations, enlightenment was viewed as the greatest single opportunity to escape . . . . Parents made untold sacrifice to secure learning for their children that they had been denied.
. . . Historical facts are all pervasive and cut through the most rigid barriers of race and caste.
One feels the excitement of hearing an untold story.
If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present; he must begin with the past.
We must get beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
Published Sources for
the above Quotations:
"From Slavery to Freedom," 1947.
In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.