“I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.” – Oprah Winfrey

Thurgood Marshall

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall, first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court

The former editor in chief and editoral director of 'Essence' magazine, Susan L. Taylor is today CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, which she founded in 2005 after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. (From 'Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World' By Crystal McCrary/Photography by Lauri Lyons)

“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” – Susan L. Taylor, journalist

Audre Lorde, Courtesy of Dagmar-Schultz

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde,  Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist.


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