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Johnnetta B. Cole

  • 'Crisis' seems to be too mild a word to describe conditions in countless African-American communities. It is beyond crisis when in the richest nation in the world, African Americans in Harlem live shorter lives than the people of Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations of the world.

    • Johnnetta B. Cole,
    • speech ()
  • The woman who bore me is no longer alive, but I seem to be her daughter in increasingly profound ways.

    • Johnnetta B. Cole,
    • in Patricia Bell-Scott et al., eds., Double Stitch ()
  • While it is true that without a vision the people perish, it is doubly true that without action the people and their vision perish as well.

  • ... if we center our lives on BMWs, RVs, VCRs, PCs and the other acronyms of consumerism, we cannot expect our children to do otherwise.

  • ... racism is alive and doing too well in America.

  • The content of the curriculum should never exclude the realities of the very students who must intellectually wrestle with it. When students study all worlds except their own, they are miseducated.

  • ... the trouble with a woman standing behind her man is that she can't see where she is going!

    • Johnnetta B. Cole,
    • speech (1992), in Gloria Wade-Gayles, ed., My Soul Is a Witness ()
  • There are not many of us African American Sister Presidents, and those of us who are in this field do not have an easy time of it. Why the story goes that one Black woman college president died and went to hell, and it was two weeks before she realized that she wasn't still on the job.

    • Johnnetta B. Cole,
    • in Daryl Cumber Dance, ed., Honey, Hush! ()

Johnnetta B. Cole, U.S. anthropologist, educator


Full name: Johnnetta Betsch Cole.