You can read this Madam C.J. Walker quote, from her speech to the National Negro Business League (1912), in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read more about Walker 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.


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