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"When you learn, teach," she said frequently. "When you get, give."

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“We are more alike than we are unalike!"

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If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult.

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my grandmother would get out of bed at four o'clock (she never used an alarm clock) and creak down to her knees and chant in a sleep-filled voice, “Our Father, thank you for letting me see this New Day. Thank you that you didn't allow the bed I lay on last night to be my cooling board, nor my blanket my winding sheet. Guide my feet this day along the straight and narrow, and help me to put a bridle on my tongue. Bless this house, and everybody in it. Thank you, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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Like most children, I thought if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, and triumph, I would forever have power over it.

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He was also able to find more hours in the day than I thought

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In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn't really absolutely know what whites looked like. Other than that they were different, to be dreaded, and in that dread was included the hostility of the powerless against the powerful, the poor against the rich, the worker against the worked for and the ragged against the well dressed.

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I remember never believing that whites were really real.

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not only was cleanliness next to Godliness, dirtiness was the inventor of misery.

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Momma told us that the less you say to whitefolks (or even powhitetrash) the better,

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Deuteronomy was my favorite book in the Bible. The laws were so absolute, so clearly set down, that I knew if a person truly wanted to avoid hell and brimstone, and being roasted forever in the devil's fire, all she had to do was memorize Deuteronomy and follow its teaching, word for word. I also liked the way the word rolled off the tongue.

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Turning off or tuning out people was my highly developed art.

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when a person is beating you you should scream as loud as possible; maybe the whipper will become embarrassed or else some sympathetic soul might come to your rescue.

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Laughter so easily turns to hysteria for imaginative children.

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People in Stamps used to say that the whites in our town were so prejudiced that a Negro couldn't buy vanilla ice cream.

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I think that everyone thought that the Depression, like everything else, was for the whitefolks, so it had nothing to do with them.

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the Depression, at least, did not discriminate.

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To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.

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We learned the Time Step at Louie's. It is from this basic step that most American Black dances are born.

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I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.”

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They showed me a contentment based on the belief that nothing more was coming to them, although a great deal more was due.

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“Now Ju, be careful you don't slip up on a not true.” (Nice people didn't say “lie.”)

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It followed that Mrs. Flowers would have ice on an ordinary day, when most families in our town bought ice late on Saturdays only a few times during the summer to be used in the wooden ice-cream freezers.

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I was liked, and what a difference it made.

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Childhood's logic never asks to be proved (all conclusions are absolute).

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I found that my violation lay in using the phrase “by the way.” Momma explained that “Jesus was the Way, the Truth and the Light,” and anyone who says “by the way” is really saying, “by Jesus,” or “by God,” and the Lord's name would not be taken in vain in her house.

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Every person I knew had a hellish horror of being “called out of his name.” It was a dangerous practice to call a Negro anything that could be loosely construed as insulting because of the centuries of their having been called niggers, jigs, dinges, blackbirds, crows, boots and spooks.

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it was a tossup over whether I would laugh (imagine being named Hallelujah) or cry (imagine letting some white woman rename you for her convenience).

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Southern Blacks until the present generation could be counted among America's arch conservatives.

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Bailey was so far away he was beyond fear.

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