Quotes

Photo of women holding earth

Historical site at Bagomoyo in Tanzania where the suffering of slaves is commemorated. Courtesy of Babu Kadja

"I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted."
Frederick Douglass

"I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time been ashamed."
Ralph Ellison

"I think we must get rid of slavery or we must get rid of freedom."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states."
Mahatma Gandhi

"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong."
Abraham Lincoln

"Where Slavery is there Liberty cannot be; and where Liberty is there Slavery cannot be."
Charles Sumner

"I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land."
Harriet Tubman

"When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognising the humanity in others."
Desmond Tutu