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WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS HAVING SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT WHAT IS BEING
DONE TO AND FOR YOU: THAT IS WHAT SUCCESS AT THE ART WILL BRING.

THE AMERICAN POLITICAL PROCESS HAS BEEN CYCLICAL FOR BLACKS, A SERIES
OF UPS AND DOWNS.

ITS HISTORY IS GENERALLY A NEGATIVE ONE, A HISTORY OF BLACKS,
PROPOSING AND WHITES DISPOSING, A HISTORY WITH ONLY ONE BRIGHT MOMENT,
THE TEN YEARS OF RECONSTRUCTION, THE ONLY TEN YEARS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
WHEN DEMOCRACY BEGAN TO MEAN AS MUCH MISSISSIPPI AS IT ALWAYS HAS
MEANT IN MAINE, THE ONLY TEN YEARS IN WHICH AN AGGRESSIVE NATIONAL
GOVERNMENT ACTED WITH ARMED MIGHT TO PROTECT THE CIVIL AND POLITICAL
RIGHTS OF BLACK PEOPLE.

FROM THE CLOSING OF THAT PERIOD OF HOPE JUST BEFORE THE BEGINNING
OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE CENTURY WHOSE PROBLEM, DR. W. E. B. DUBOIS

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