Quote of the Day: Billie Holiday on Enslavement

The singer on how people who seem to have it all can still be indebted to the system.

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Billie Holiday

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You can read this quote from Billie Holiday, from her book Lady Sings the Blues (1956), in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the quote in its full context here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.