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J. Saunders Redding
(1906-1988) born on
Oct 13
US historian, educator, essayist, critic. He was a prolific critic and essayist whose works include "To Make a Poet Black," and the autobiography, "No Day of Triumph."
         
   
F
From adolescence to death there is something very personal about being a Negro in America.

R
The pathos of man is that he hungers for personal fulfillment and for a sense of community with others.
A
I would not know the thing I sought until I found it. It was both something within and something without myself. Within, it was like the buried memory of a name that will not come to the tongue for utterance.
N
The writer's ultimate purpose is to use his gifts to develop man's awareness of himself so that he, man, can become a better instrument for living together with other men. This sense of identity is the root by which all honest creative effort is fed.
K
The final test of Afro-American studies will be the extent to which they rid the minds of whites and blacks alike of false learning, and the extent to which they promote for blacks and whites alike a completely rewarding participation in American life.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
R: "The Negro Writer and His Relationship to His Roots," Address at the First Conference of Negro Writers, Mar 1959.
A: "No Day of Triumph."
N: "The Negro Writer and His Relationship to His Roots," Address at the First Conference of Negro Writers, Mar 1959.
K: "The Black Youth Movement," in "The American Scholar," 1969.
   


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