“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
“Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: ‘I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.’”
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
“How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.”
“Human beings love poetry. They don’t even know it sometimes… whether they’re the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber… they’re listening to poetry.”
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