The Optimism of African Americans
“The culture of African Americans is predicated on a fierce faith – faith in a higher power and a kind of militant optimism that their efforts could rescue American democracy from white supremacy.”
Kenya Vaughn on "Hyers Sisters’ legacy unearthed"
Following the Civil War, Memphis' Beale Street thrived as a cauldron of sex & song, violence & passion, but emerged as a center of black progress, optimism & culture led by prestigious African Americans like Ida B. Wells. Go deep in history Aug 15. https://t.co/agKw0kPnsZ pic.twitter.com/QsWwRGiAmj— NatCivilRightsMuseum (@NCRMuseum) August 13, 2019
As much as I love the development of new civil rights lawyers, I am so heartened to see young conscious African Americans becoming doulas, focusing on food security, farming, marine environmental work, land loss, and artistic expression fills me with joy and optimism. https://t.co/4S4XHPic4b— Sherrilyn Ifill (@SIfill_) March 10, 2019