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Quotes of the Day for 30 August 2001 – Progress for American Blacks

Progress for American Blacks has been regrettably slow at times, but this is a date that marks three steps forward. In 1961 James Benton Parsons was confirmed as the first black to sit on a US District Court (Northern District of Illinois). In 1967 Thurgood Marshall was seated as the first black on the US Supreme Court. And in 1983 Guion Bluford, Jr took a seat on the space shuttle Challenger, the first black in space.

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The quotes:

When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress?
     - Marilyn French

Senator, I am one of them. You do not seem to understand who I am. I am a black woman, the daughter of a dining-car worker ... If my life has any meaning at all, it is that those who start out as outcasts can wind up as being part of the system.
     - Patricia Roberts Harris, 1924 - 1985

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.
     - Mary McLeod Bethune, 1875 - 1955

The Negro says, "Now." Others say, "Never." The voice of responsible Americans says, "Together." There is no other way.
     - Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1908 - 1973

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