You can read this quote by Hattie McDaniel, from her acceptance speech at the 1940 Academy Awards, and other quotes from McDaniel 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.