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Say What? James McCune Smith on African American Art and Culture

‘It is the law …that an oppressed minority shall ultimately obtain a ruling influence over their oppressors. …

For we are destined to write the literature of this republic, which is still, in letters, a mere province of Great Britain. 163 more words

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Happy Birthday, Grace Lee Boggs! Bio and Book Review by Ashley Farmer

In celebration of Grace Lee Bogg’s birthday on June 27th, 1915, I share here an excellent bio and book review by historian Ashley Farmer:

“The Power And Importance Of Ideas:” Grace Lee Boggs’s Revolutionary Vision” 1,078 more words

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Say What? George Combe on Human Nature

‘Man obviously stands pre-eminent among sublunary objects, and is distinguished by remarkable endowments above all other terrestrial beings. Nevertheless no creature presents such anomalous appearances as man. 69 more words

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Happy Birthday, John Stuart Mill!

…The writings by which one can live are not the writings which themselves live, and are never those in which the writer does his best.

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Happy Birthday, Søren Kierkegaard! By Eric Gerlach

Søren Kierkegaard (May 5, 1813 – Nov. 11, 1855 CE), the great Danish philosopher and forerunner of existentialism, was born in the Danish city of Copenhagen, and throughout his life he enjoyed walking through the city, greeting everyone he met as his equal regardless of their station in life.   699 more words

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Say What? Frederick Douglass on Race Relations

‘We are here, have been here, and we are to stay here. To imagine that we shall ever be eradicated , is absurd and ridiculous. We can be re-modified, changed, and assimilated, but never extinguished. 120 more words

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