Black and African-American Quotes

I need you to understand [that] we are the women that marched from cotton fields into fields of medicine, politics, law, education, entertainment. We even found a way to march our way into the White House as the first lady of the United States of America.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith on the accomplishments of women

Source: BET’s “Black Girls Rock” via the LA Times, 2015

Women must begin to write more truthfully about the profound mystery of sex. I think that race is also a mystery. Which is to say that neither can be fully comprehended except as deeply mysterious expressions through which we can learn profound lessons about life. It is almost impossible not to learn something about yourself in the sexual act. So it's important for women to be alert to the spiritual growth and self-discovery they can attain by paying close attention to their sexuality.

Alice Walker