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Mordecai Wyatt Johnson
(1890-1976) born on
Jan 12
US educator, university president. He was president of Howard University for more than three decades; awarded the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP, 1928.
         
   
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The Negro people of America . . . have cut our forests, tilled our fields, built our railroads, fought our battles, and in all of their trials they have manifested a simple faith, a grateful heart, a cheerful spirit, and an undivided loyalty . . .

R
Now they have come to the place where their faith can no longer feed on the bread of repression and violence. They ask for the bread of liberty, of public equality, and public responsibility. It must not be denied them.
A
When the Negro cries with pain from his deep hurt and lays his petition for elemental justice before the nation, he is calling upon the American people to kindle about that crucible of race relationships the fires of American faith.
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Western civilization, Christianity, decency are struggling for their very lives. In this worldwide civil war, race prejudice is our most dangerous enemy, for it is a disease at the very root of our democratic life.
K
There will be a meeting of the great powers who will disagree, and the next noise we hear will be the screeching of elevators going up and down from heaven to hell... We're living under the illusion that we have the power to determine what to do with it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Faith of the American Negro," Harvard commencement address, Jun 1922.
R: "The Faith of the American Negro," Harvard commencement address, Jun 1922.
A: "The Faith of the American Negro," Harvard commencement address, Jun 1922.
N: During World War II; in "Words to Make My Dream Children Live," by Deirdre Mullane, 1995.
K: On the atom bomb, at Duke University, Jan 1946.
   


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