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Charlotte Forten

  • At times I feel it almost impossible not to despond entirely of there ever being a better, brighter day for us. None but those who experience it can know what it is — this constant, galling sense of cruel injustice and wrong. I cannot help feeling it very often, — it intrudes upon my happiest moments, and spreads a dark, deep gloom over everything.

    • Charlotte Forten,
    • 1854, in Ray Allen Billington, ed., The Journal of Charlotte Forten ()
  • ... hatred of oppression seems to me so blended with hatred of the oppressor that I cannot separate them. I feel that no other injury could be so hard to bear, so very very hard to forgive, as that inflicted by cruel oppression and prejudice.

    • Charlotte Forten,
    • 1854, in Ray Allen Billington, ed., The Journal of Charlotte Forten ()

Charlotte Forten, U.S. anti-slavery activist, educator, diarist

(1837 - 1914)

Full name: Charlotte Bridges Forten Grimké.