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16 Whitney M. Young Jr. Quotes (CIVIL RIGHTS)

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The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.
The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.

“I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless.”

Whitney Young
It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
The hardest work in the world is being out of work.
The hardest work in the world is being out of work.
The unhealthy gap between what we preach in America and what we often practice creates a moral dry rot that eats at the very foundation of our democratic ideals and values.
The unhealthy gap between what we preach in America and what we often practice creates a moral dry rot that eats at the very foundation of our democratic ideals and values.
We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.
We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.
Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention.
Our ability to create has outreached our ability to use wisely the products of our invention.
Liberalism seems to be related to the distance people are from the problem.
Liberalism seems to be related to the distance people are from the problem.

4 Whitney M. Young Jr. Quotes on Love and Equality

“The danger is that people may mistake what is basically a change in vocabulary for a change in behavior, practices, and attitudes. While practically all Americans have learned to talk inoffensively, not enough have learned to think differently, nor act positively.”

Whitney Young
Every man is our brother, and every man’s burden is our own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal.
Every man is our brother, and every man’s burden is our own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal.
Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.
Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.
No race has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and the worth of an individual is not related to the color of his skin.
No race has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and the worth of an individual is not related to the color of his skin.

4 Whitney M. Young Jr. Quotes on Protesting

“Black is beautiful when it is a slum kid studying to enter college, when it is a man learning new skills for a new job, or a slum mother battling to give her kids a chance for a better life. But white is beautiful, too, when it helps change society to make our system work for black people also. White is ugly when it oppresses blacks-and so is black ugly when black people exploit other blacks. No race has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and the worth of an individual is not related to the color of his skin.”

Whitney Young

“Black Power simply means: Look at me, I’m here. I have dignity. I have pride. I have roots. I insist, I demand that I participate in those decisions that affect my life and the lives of my children. It means that I am somebody.”

Whitney Young

“You can holler, protest, march, picket and demonstrate, but somebody must be able to sit in on the strategy conferences and plot a course. There must be strategies, the researchers, the professionals to carry out the program. That’s our role.”

Whitney Young

“You don’t get black power by chanting it. You get it by doing what the other groups have done. The Irish kept quiet. They didn’t shout “Irish Power”, “Jew Power”, [or] “Italian Power”. They kept their mouths shut and took over the police department of New York City, and the mayorship of Boston.”

Whitney Young

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