3. As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.

4. I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, from the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people.


5. Make a difference about something other than yourselves.

6. If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

7. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

8. Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.

9. There is nothing of any consequence in education, in the economy, in city planning, in social policy that does not concern black people.

10. No one ever talks about the moment you found out that you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That's a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything.